Canadian Mining Journal


OIL SANDS: Teck, Fort Chipewyan Metis sign participation pact for Frontier oil sands project

ALBERTA – Teck Resources of Vancouver and the Fort Chipewyan Metis Local 125 have signed a participation agreement or Teck’s proposed Frontier oil sands project 110 km north of Fort McMurray. The property lies within the traditional territory of the Fort Chipewyan Metis.

The agreement identifies a number of economic benefits for the Fort Chipewyan Métis connected with the Frontier project, as well as creating opportunities for meaningful engagement and communication. It also sets out a framework for items such as traditional land use and environmental stewardship related to the project.

The agreement will be implemented through a joint co-operative implementation committee, which will work collaboratively to support and implement economic benefits to support the community’s Métis interests and rights; contracting opportunities for Fort Chipewyan Métis businesses; education, training and employment opportunities for Fort Chipewyan Métis members; consideration of traditional knowledge and traditional land use;  and environmental stewardship planning and implementation.

Teck is planning a truck and shovel oil sands mine at Frontier. It is currently under joint federal-provincial regulatory review. If approved, Frontier will produce as much as 260,000 bbl of bitumen daily and employ 2,500 people.

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