Alberta oilsands mine in public interest despite ‘significant adverse’ effects: panel

A federal-provincial panel says a proposed northeastern Alberta oilsands mine would be in the public interest, even though it would likely significantly harm the environment and Indigenous people. Vancouver-based Teck Resources Ltd. aims to build the $20.6-billion Frontier mine near…

UNESCO gives Canada new deadline to preserve Wood Buffalo National Park

The United Nations body that oversees world heritage sites has given Canada a new deadline to address problems in the country’s largest national park. At a meeting this week in Azerbaijan, UNESCO praised Canada for measures it has taken to…

UN says Canada’s plan to rescue Wood Buffalo National Park needs ‘considerably more effort’

The status of Canada’s largest park as a world heritage site remains wobbly after a United Nations body expressed grave doubts about a federal plan to rescue it. “Considerably more effort will be needed to reverse the negative trends at…

New park to buffer Alberta national park earns praise from First Nation

A First Nation say creating a new wildland park in northern Alberta will go a long way toward ensuring Indigenous people can keep up their traditional pursuits. Melody Lepine of the Mikisew Cree First Nation says the new park will…

Mikisew Cree First Nation official says Frontier oilsands mine deal includes vote on future development

The industry relations director for the Mikisew Cree First Nation says the community’s support of the massive Frontier oilsands open pit mining project includes an ongoing voice in how future development unfolds. Melody Lepine says the confidential agreement it signed…

Peter Watts: Alberta summit finds Indigenous groups spreading their wings

Three announcements over the past few days speak to the increasing amount of engagement between the government of Alberta and First Nations communities, particularly in the northern part of the province. On Thursday, Premier Rachel Notley spoke at the Northern…

Alberta oilsands mine inks ‘participation agreement’ with Mikisew Cree First Nation

The company proposing the $20.6-billion Frontier Oil Sands Mine says it has achieved its target of signing deals with all of the Indigenous groups who live near the northern Alberta megaproject. Doug Brown, director of public affairs for Vancouver-based Teck…