Please watch and share this great video clip of a presentation on the importance of understand the complex history of Treaty and Aboriginal rights and the current Idle No More movement.

Mashi Cho

For Immediate Release: Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation challenges new Shell tar sands mines [Video]

ACFN Indigenous people living downstream from the tar sands explain in their own words why they are saying enough is enough.

Shell Canada is proposing two new tar sands mine projects in northern Alberta, Canada. From the perspective of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nations (ACFN), whose lands will be affected by both Shell mines, governments are not fulfilling the promises of Treaty 8. This has led them to file a challenge to the Jackpine Mine proposal under section 35 of the Canadian Constitution.


Producer/Directors: Eriel Deranger and Melina Laboucan-Massimo

Videographers: Eagle Claw Thom & Zack Embree

Music: Meander River Dene Drummers

Recorded and engineered by: Taro Hashimoto & Curtis Cardinal


For Immediate Release: Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation calls for resignation of Gerry Protti, newly appointed chair of Alberta Energy Regulator

logoAthabasca Chipewyan First Nation calls for resignation of Gerry Protti, newly appointed chair of Alberta Energy Regulator

May 1st, Fort McMurray, AB– The Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN) is calling for the removal of Gerry Protti as Chair of the Alberta Energy Regulator. ACFN joined by non-governmental organizations, and special interest groups that have serious concerns with conflict of interest regarding Mr. Protti’s appointment.

For many First Nations this appointment is insult to injury especially those that have been pushing on the Alberta government to strengthen their engagement with First Nations in relation to energy and resource development with little success. Mr. Protti has a long industry history as one of the founders of the Canadian Association for Petroleum Producers, was an executive for Encana, and is a lobbyist for the Energy Policy Institute of Canada. We question his ability to chair the Alberta Energy Regulator with transparency and accountability.

“Where is the justice for our communities?” stated Chief Allan Adam of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation. “Our community has been raising serious questions about the provinces environmental standards and monitoring.  We have repeatedly demanded more meaningful participation in the development of the provinces new environmental monitoring projects.  Instead of better engagement they appoint the former founder of CAPP as the Chair of the new Alberta Energy Regulator?  This is unacceptable and insulting.”

This appointment comes also with the Alberta government also announcement of it’s Corporate Guidelines for First Nations Consultation Activities, 2013 giving industry the upper hand and failing to meet First Nations expectations. The Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation has join in with the many groups that are outraged with this announcement and questioning provincial leaders interests.

“We are calling for the resignation of Gerri Protti as the Chair of the Alberta Energy Regulator. How can Gerri Protti be diligent to First Nations concerns and uphold treaty rights when he clearly has no previous experience engaging First Nations and still has such strong industry ties.” said Eriel Deranger, ACFN Communications. “Clearly the Government of Alberta has sent a strong message to First Nations of whose interests are important in this province by appointing an industry leader and setting the stage with the release of its new corporate guidelines for First Nations Consultation Activities.”

The Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation has long been a leader in elevating Treaty rights and First Nations concerns regarding development in Alberta.


For more information:
Chief Allan Adam, ACFN  780-713-1220
Eriel Deranger, Communications Coordinator ACFN 780-903-6598