​Fort Chipewyan Metis president says other producers can learn from Teck as oilsands agreement reached

Fort Chipewyan Metis Local 125 president Fred "Jumbo" Fraser. Image: YouTube/Jumbo Fraser

Teck Resources has entered into a participation agreement with the Fort Chipewyan Metis Local 125 regarding Teck’s Frontier oilsands project.

The proposed oilsands mine will be located on traditional Fort Chipewyan Metis territory, about 110 kilometres south of Fort Chipewyan, Alta.

The president of Metis Local 125 is encouraged by the agreement. “Teck has a real relationship with us,” Fred “Jumbo” Fraser said in a statement.

“Unlike some other oilsands developers, Teck has worked hard to develop the integrity and consistency of the relationship. Teck has been listening to our concerns and has committed to continue to work with us as they progress through all stages of their development.”

The agreement offers opportunities for communication between the two parties as well as several benefits for the Fort Chipewyan Metis, including creating a framework for land use, environmental stewardship, economic benefits and employment and education opportunities for the local community.

“We recognize the unique heritage and culture of the Fort Chipewyan Metis, their connection to this region and our responsibility to work to build a mutually beneficial relationship,” said Marcia Smith, Teck’s senior vice-president, sustainability and external affairs.

“This agreement reflects our commitment to developing the Frontier project in a manner that is environmentally responsible, is respectful of indigenous communities and creates real benefits for local communities.”

“Other companies could learn from Teck,” Fraser said.