Teck Frontier Oilsands Mine Decision

Between 2010 and 2014, Kwusen Research & Media completed a Traditional Land Use Study and two documentary films with Indigenous communities that explored the potential impacts of the Teck Frontier oilsands mine in Northeastern Alberta. Six years later, we are eager to hear the decision from the Government of Canada regarding the Teck Frontier oilsands mine. Although Kwusen has not been able to publicly share the research and documentary films that we produced, they gave us an in-depth understanding of the challenges Indigenous communities face in relation to this mine. We are eager to hear both the decision that the Government of Canada will make on the permitting of this project and what their rationale for this decision will be. All of our research, IT, and media productions support informed decision making, and we look to our Federal government to deliver a clearly articulated rationale for the decision that they make on behalf of all Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada.

In 2010-2011, Towagh worked with First Nations and M├ętis communities to document traditional land use values and conduct an impact assessment of the proposed Frontier project. This included traditional use mapping interviews, ground-truthing, a community review workshop, an assessment on Traditional Land Use, and mitigations development.

Further to this traditional land use work, Towagh produced and directed the documentary Real Moose Country about the perspectives of First Nations community members born and raised on the land who will be directly impacted by the Frontier mine. The documentary provides a window into the challenges faced by these hunters and trappers struggling with their place in the increasingly industrialized landscape of Northern Alberta.

Kwusen Research & Media also produced a documentary for another Indigenous community as they attempted to exercise their rights to hunt bison in the oilsands region. This second film exposes the challenges faced by Indigenous hunters and their concerns about how the Teck Frontier project may remove critically important habitat from a culturally important and endangered bison herd.

Publication Date: 
February 10 2020