Premier Jim Prentice issued the following statement (following his meeting on November 10th):
“Today I was pleased to visit the Fort Chipewyan community where I met with Chief Allan Adam of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, Chief Steve Courtoreille of the Mikisew Cree Nation, and President Fred Fraser of the Metis Local 125. During our meetings, we discussed concerns and priorities regarding employment and consultation on resource development near their community.
“These groups have been vocal about the concerns they share about oil sands development. Our discussion has helped me understand these concerns and together we explored possible solutions that could incorporate traditional knowledge into environmental monitoring efforts, how we could work with the community to help them stay healthy, and how we could help support their participation in resource development projects, should they wish it.
“Visiting Fort Chipewyan was important to me and I appreciated today’s frank and open dialogue on economic, environmental, and health matters.”