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Jackpine a threat to Aboriginal lifestyle: ACFN – Fort McMurray Today

by NationTalk on November 9, 2012465 Views

An emotional and teary-eyed Aboriginal delegation took the witness stand at hearings for Shell’s proposed Jackpine Mine expansion, forcing the company to defend its consultation policy after weeks of defending its environmental record.

“Our land … have shrunk and continue to shrink because of the development,” said Athabasca Chipewyan Chief Allan Adam. During his opening testimony, he specifically cited the oil and gas industry, agriculture and municipal expansion as threats to his traditional lifestyle.

“Somewhere down the line, someone forgot about the land,” he said. “It’s all being taken up.”

To the Dené, as well as the Cree and the Métis, the land is life, said Adam. Joining several other elders from the remote, fly-in community, the delegation told stories about a time when the world’s major oil corporations didn’t care about sending Alberta’s bitumen to the global consumer market.

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