29 Aug '15, 2pm

First Nation builds spirited solar project in the heart of Canadas oil sands

Studies have linked oil production from Alberta’s tar sands to devastating impacts on both the environment and the wellbeing of local aboriginal communities. Contamination has rendered the local wildlife, land, and water unfit for consumption, thus forcing communities to increase consumption of store-bought foods. Exposure to toxic chemicals in oil sands development is also blamed for increasing cancer occurrences . These impacts are particularly strong in the Lubicon Cree community; in 2011, one of the largest oil spills in Alberta’s history dumped 28,000 barrels of crude oil into Little Buffalo. The oil companies have reportedly taken $14 billion in resources from the Lubicon Cree’s traditional territory and funneled the royalties to the Alberta government. However, the community is fighting back with the Piitapan Solar Project. In a conversation with VICE News , Lubicon...

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