Communities in northern Alberta planning for the province’s newest tarsands project

While federal government has until February to make a decision on the proposed Teck Frontier Mine in northern Alberta, the Fort McKay Metis are already making plans for the economic boost that is expected.

While there has been a lot of opposition against the newest tarsands project, all 14 First Nation and Metis communities in the area have signed an agreement for it.

Fort McKay is located about an hour north of Fort McMurray.

Plans for economic growth, including land set aside for a fire hall, gas station and Tim Horton’s, are in place.

Some people in the area say these improvements wouldn’t be possible without the oil and gas industry.

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Tamara is Métis from Winnipeg, Manitoba. She received a diploma in interactive media arts at Assiniboine Community College in Brandon and has worked as a videographer for CBC in Winnipeg and Iqaluit. Tamara was hired by APTN in 2016 as a camera/editor and is now a video journalist in our Calgary bureau.