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Re-learning the Land: A Story of Red Crow College

By Intercontinental Cry   RE-LEARNING THE LAND is the story of a Blackfoot community in southern Alberta, Canada, and how they have re-taken control of their education system within Red Crow Community College. The film traces the decolonization of their learning and the development of an innovative program, Kainai Studies, within Red Crow College, the … Continue reading Re-learning the Land: A Story of Red Crow College

Walking the Walk

FORT MCMURRAY, AB—In the heart of Canada’s oil country, the booming town of Fort McMurray—casually dubbed Fort McMoney—is slowly becoming one of Alberta’s largest cities. From 2006 to 2012, the city grew by 53 per cent, going from a population of 47,705 to 72,994—far exceeding the growth of Alberta as a whole. This doesn’t count … Continue reading Walking the Walk

It’s time to take our heads out of the tar sands

Local tragedies, such as the one in Lac Megantic, must not distract from the global tragedy which threatens us all. We write today as witnesses, witnesses to an ecological and social disaster which words can scarcely describe: we have just returned from Fort McMurray, Alberta, the nerve-centre of the tar sands. Welcomed by the local … Continue reading It’s time to take our heads out of the tar sands

Alberta suffers third major oil spill in a month as Enbridge spills 26,450 gallons

By EcoWatch To borrow a popular hockey term, Canada has scored a hat trick of the worst kind: Three major oil spills in just over one month. The culprit this time around is Enbridge, the Calgary, Alberta-based operator of the world’s longest crude oil and liquids pipeline system, situated in Canada and the U.S. On … Continue reading Alberta suffers third major oil spill in a month as Enbridge spills 26,450 gallons

Fish downstream from tar sands industrial project suffering deformities

By Jason Mark / Earth Island Journal Chief Allan Adam, the head of the Fort Chipewyan community in the far north of Alberta, has been fishing in Lake Athabasca for all of his life. His father, now 76 years old, has been fishing there even longer. And neither of them has seen anything like what … Continue reading Fish downstream from tar sands industrial project suffering deformities

Another major pipeline spill in Alberta as 93,000 gallons of oil flow into Red Deer River system

By The Canadian Press Crews were scrambling Friday to contain and clean up a pipeline spill that is believed to have sent up to 475,000 litres of crude oil flowing into a rain-swollen Red Deer River system in west-central Alberta. Plains Midstream Canada says when the spill was discovered Thursday night it closed off its … Continue reading Another major pipeline spill in Alberta as 93,000 gallons of oil flow into Red Deer River system

Enbridge pipeline proposal a threat to forests and lifeways of First Nations people

By Kavitha Chekuru / Al Jazeera The sun pierces through thin slices of halibut that lie drying across cylindrical pieces of wood as Christopher Stuart continues to delicately cut more of the freshly harvested fish for the sun to bake. Stuart, a member of Canada’s Gitga’at First Nation, is performing the task for the first … Continue reading Enbridge pipeline proposal a threat to forests and lifeways of First Nations people

Pipeline in northwest Alberta ruptures, polluting muskeg with 22,000 barrels of oil and salt water

By Nathan Vanderklippe / The Globe and Mail A huge spill has released 22,000 barrels of oil and water into muskeg in the far northwest of Alberta. The spill ranks among the largest in North America in recent years, a period that has seen a series of high-profile accidents that have undermined the energy industry’s … Continue reading Pipeline in northwest Alberta ruptures, polluting muskeg with 22,000 barrels of oil and salt water

Achuar people of Peru demand eviction of trespassing oil corporation Talisman

By Fawzia Sheikh / Inter Press Service An indigenous group in the Amazon rain forest took its anti-oil message to Canada in a case rife with accusations of social and environmental damage that highlights the issue of securing consent prior to commencing exploration operations. Peas Peas Ayui, president of the National Achuar Federation of Peru … Continue reading Achuar people of Peru demand eviction of trespassing oil corporation Talisman

Nuxalk First Nation abandons involvement with Northern Gateway pipeline, vowing to oppose project

By Justine Hunter / The Globe and Mail The federal review of the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline has hit another setback this week after a coastal first nation community withdrew from the process, saying the Harper government has predetermined the outcome. The hearings were temporarily derailed when the panel was greeted by protests in the … Continue reading Nuxalk First Nation abandons involvement with Northern Gateway pipeline, vowing to oppose project