The world's largest inland freshwater delta resides where the Athabasca and Peace Rivers meet in northern Alberta. The settlement of Fort Chipewyan is perched on rocky outcroppings that rise up from the north end of this Delta, above Lake Claire. The watershed around Lake Claire is home to one of Canada's few remaining healthy bison herds, undisturbed boreal forest- part of the largest intact expanse of forest left on earth, rich habitat for populations of moose, caribou, deer, muskrat and beaver. This area is under the constant threat of rapid change. To the west in BC, the W.A.C. Bennett Dam restricts precious water flows, which soon may be exacerbated by the proposed Site C generating station; to the south, the Athabasca Oil Sands are licensed to use large volumes of clean freshwater, and add contaminants that have now found their way downstream into the Delta, up the food chain into local human populations; and in almost all directions there exists a mosaic of overlapping oil sands, mineral, oil and gas leases sold to industry long ago.
Challenged with age-old conflicts between industry and indigenous; entrepreneurship and protection; environment and economy; the wilderness and the wild west, DPI Territorial spent two years working collaboratively with the Mikisew Cree First Nation, a community that has become synonymous with the cumulative impacts of over 50 years of industrial development, to produce a conservation-oriented land use plan. The Mikisew Cree First Nation Land Use Plan has been generated through broad community engagement as part of a rigorous planning process, is based on the best available scientific information and local knowledge, and is captured here in this short documentary.
For more information and contact: dpiterritorial.com/2015/09/02/the-mikisew-cree-first-nation-land-use-plan