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Brandi Morin: On the ground with Indigenous communities fleeing a climate inferno – Ricochet

by ahnationtalk on June 9, 202355 Views

June 9, 2023

First the oil sands, then the wildfires. Three days behind the evacuation lines in northern Alberta

As he watched the last plane lumber down the runway, Chief Allan Adam was finally able to breathe freely again.

He had just posted a live video from the Fort Chipewyan airport on the evening of May 31, documenting the last flight out with evacuees fleeing impending disaster. A wildfire was advancing approximately seven kilometres from his remote community, which is accessible only by boat or plane.

But the relief was short-lived. The straight-shooting leader of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, one of three Indigenous communities in Alberta who call Fort Chipewyan home, was abruptly hit with biting pain.

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