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Chief of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation Allan Adam (Photo by Jiri Rezac / GREENPEACE)

ACFN Signs Innovative Participation Agreement with Teck Resources Limited

FORT CHIPEWYAN, September 18, 2018 – At a public event on Friday, September 14 in Fort Chipewyan, the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN) signed a Participation Agreement with Teck Resources Limited (Teck) for the Frontier Oilsands Project.
“Today marks a turning point for ACFN in determining our own future. We have had positive negotiations with Teck, and we believe that we have an agreement that respects our Treaty rights, and uses innovative approaches to mitigate the impacts on our land, waters and wildlife,” said Chief Allan Adam.
ACFN is the most directly impacted First Nation by the Frontier Project. The Participation Agreement includes measures to ensure that AFCN is directly involved in environmental management and monitoring for the Frontier Project. The Participation Agreement requires Teck to implement measures to protect the habitat of Wood Bison and Woodland caribou, and to restrict water withdrawals from the Athabasca River during low-flow periods. Under the Participation Agreement, Teck will provide ongoing support for ACFN’s community-based monitoring and Guardian programs.
The Participation Agreement also includes a range of benefit provisions for ACFN, including opportunities for contracting, employment, and financial participation in the Project.
“It is never easy to make these agreements,” stated ACFN Chief Negotiator Pat Marcel “But we’re confident that we struck a balance of protecting our lands and Treaty rights, while also securing a prosperous future for our children and grandchildren.”
ACFN will also be participating in the Joint Review Panel hearings for the Frontier Project, which begin on September 25. ACFN continues to be concerned about the federal and provincial governments’ commitments to managing the regional impacts of oilsands developments, and will be addressing a range of issues relating to the protection of treaty rights, and the cumulative impacts of development on water, air, land and wildlife. ACFN and Teck will be jointly advocating for additional measures that governments must take to address the regional impacts of oilsands projects.
“History shows that the federal and Alberta governments have failed to respect our Treaty rights or implement effective environmental protections in this region for oilsands projects, breaking trust with our people,” said Chief Adam. “But if First Nations and oilsands companies like Teck are able to come together with new approaches to protecting the environment, we expect the governments to step up.”
“ACFN seeks a new way of doing business. Our vision is one where the environment is protected for all, and in which we have a prosperous future for our children, grandchildren, and the generations to come,” concluded Chief Adam. “Our agreement with Teck is a step in that direction.”

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