The Mikisew Cree First Nation and Imperial are celebrating a new milestone. The two groups are renewing their long-standing relationship following the signing of an agreement that will see Mikisew and Imperial work together on environmental planning and stewardship as well as opportunities for direct economic benefits to the nation.
Mikisew and Imperial plan to celebrate the signing of the agreement this fall in the community of Fort Chipewyan in northeastern Alberta.
“We are pleased to have a partner like Imperial who values their relationship with Mikisew and respects our rights as Indigenous people,” said Chief Archie Waquan. “This agreement confirms Imperial’s commitment to robust consultation, building community capacity, and the opportunity for improved commercial prosperity.”
The agreement identifies economic benefits for the Mikisew Cree related to Imperial’s Kearl and Aspen oil sands projects, which are located in the Nation’s traditional territory.
“This agreement continues to build on and strengthen the relationship between Imperial and Mikisew Crew First Nation by focusing on shared values of respect and trust and provides the foundation in which to build a long-term partnership,” said Bryan Pickett, vice president of production for Imperial. “We share a common goal to ensure environmental protection and economic prosperity for Mikisew as a part of Imperial’s continued focus on responsible oil sands development.”