Oil Sands Disrupt Ancient Way of Life

By Brent Murray - 2013-05-29T16:23:56Z

Photograph by Ian Willms

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'As Long as the Sun Shines'

Queen Victoria, British monarch from 1837 to 1901, promised the people of western Canada in 1899 that the Crown would preserve their land, culture and lifestyle “as long as the sun shines, the rivers flow and the grass grows.” Treaty 8 guarded their education, health care and hunting supplies and retains a role to this day.

More than a century later, oil production challenges the promises made in the treaty, according to members of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation. 

For the past three years, photographer Ian Willms has documented the collision of modern industry with the people of Fort Chipewyan, Alberta.

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