COMMUNITY NOTICE: Community Update on Coal Development – (February 24, 2021)

Sent on behalf of Tribal Government and External Affairs, February 25, 2021:

BLOOD TRIBE COMMUNITY UPDATE

The Blood Tribe/Kainai is the largest First Nation in Canada and is located in southern Alberta. As a result of various kinds of development over the past century there are very few places that can support our traditional way of life, culture, and our constitutionally protected Treaty rights. The Crowsnest Pass Region includes rivers that are source water to our community and lands that continue to be healthy and capable of supporting Big Horn Sheep, Grizzly Bears, Elk and other important species. The Crowsnest is also the location of a number of sacred sites that are inseparable from who we are as Blackfoot people.

Over the past decade or so, the Blood Tribe has actively engaged with the Government of Alberta in land use planning and other processes in an effort to ensure that the critical importance of the Crowsnest Pass Region is understood by Alberta and the public.  Most recently, the Blood Tribe has communicated its serious concerns with proposed metallurgical coal projects in the Crowsnest Pass Region that will threaten the rivers and environmental integrity of the region. Blood Tribe will oppose any new applications for metallurgical coal projects in the Crowsnest Pass Region.

We will continue to provide updates on important developments as they are received.

Stay Safe,

Blood Tribe Communications & Community Engagement

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