I am from this community, Fort Chipewyan, Alberta. When I was younger, the water level of Lake Athabasca was high, fish and fur bearing animals were plentiful. We had a simple life, with the only access into the community being by air or boat in the summer. Then in the 70's, the oil industry took hold and never let go. Life changed. You know what, this type of manmade destruction is non discriminatory, really. It cares not if you're first nations, white, black, rich, poor, live far or near.
Watch this video:Oil Sands Vs. Life DON'T Skip this documentary, please. A birth of a child took place at this 'Healing Walk' so, maybe there is HOPE.
The oil industry is here to stay, but you have to mitigate the damages.
There has to be balance. We must adjust with the times moving forward. As with all decisions we make as parents, we must have balance. Sometimes we don't have a choice, not everyone can leave. However, we do have a choice of what we put into our body. More effort should be on how to live a healthy life, without excess drinking, without smoking, and please stop eating junk food. And get more exercise and take time to enjoy what we do have.