The province is looking for input on a draft plan for the Moose Lake 10 km management zone.
Back in April of 2014, then premier Jim Prentice assured the Fort McKay First Nation of action to support the protection of land near Moose Lake.
The plan would recognize the significance of these traditional lands to First Nations and Metis people of Fort McKay.
Minister of Environment Shannon Phillips notes the final plan for managing the zone would protect Fort McKay First Nation’s ability to continue to exercise Treaty rights and traditional practices while maintaining opportunities for well-managed, controlled resource development, ecosystem function and biodiversity.
“We are moving forward in collaboration with the Fort McKay First Nation to protect their traditional lands while ensuring responsible development near their community,” Phillips said. “By working jointly with Indigenous peoples and industry, we have made a lot of progress and I look forward to refining the plan after careful consultation.”
The area is about 100 km northwest of Fort McMurray and is the last piece of untouched land on which Treaty rights can be practised.
If you’d like to give your two cents on the draft plan – head to talkaep.alberta.ca.
The government will review the feedback and use the information to finalize the plan.