(February 13, 2020, Fort McMurray, AB) – Athabasca Tribal Council (ATC) is supporting Fort McKay First Nation in their fight to protect their Traditional Lands including Moose Lake, the last significant wilderness in their territory.
“Preserving the wilderness that allows our People to exercise their Treaty and Aboriginal rights is very important,” says Athabasca Tribal Council board president, Chief Allan Adam. “Our People rely on the land for food, medicine, and ceremonial plants and animals, and is vitally essential.”
The Moose Lake area has been inhabited by ancestors of Fort McKay for a thousand years, and is essential for traditional culture and way of life to be carried on through the generations. ATC is committed to supporting Fort McKay First Nation as they ensure Treaty Rights are protected.
“The Chiefs and full organization of the Athabasca Tribal Council stand with our brothers and sisters of Fort McKay First Nation in their efforts to ensure these lands remain protected. We are committed to supporting Chief Grandjamb and all members of Fort McKay First Nation,” said Adam.
Athabasca Tribal Council is an organization that serves our First Nations by providing relevant and innovative programs and services that enrich the well-being, health and prosperity of its people. ATC is committed to ensuring the protection of inherent rights, Treaty Rights, and their Traditional Territories while respecting the autonomy of each Nation. For information, visit atcfn.ca.