CEMA Welcomes New Aboriginal Members

    FORT MCMURRAY, AB, June 16 /CNW/ - The Cumulative Environmental
Management Association (CEMA) is pleased to announce the addition of two
important Members to their Board; the Fort McMurray Métis Local 1935 and the
Nistawayou Association Friendship Centre. Their Membership applications
received unanimous approval from the presiding Members at the June 3 General
Meeting. With the addition of these two Members this brings the Aboriginal
Membership in the multi stakeholders association up to eight. CEMA engages
Aboriginal Members through all its Working Groups and particularly the
Aboriginal Roundtable Task Group and the Traditional Environmental Knowledge
(TEK) Advisory Committee.
    "CEMA has been working closely with Aboriginal Communities in the region
to increase their participation in our working groups." said Glen Semenchuk,
CEMA Executive Director "We are extremely happy to welcome Métis Local 1935
and the Friendship Centre as Members."
    "Our executive met with CEMA to discuss our request for membership. We
determined that their work plans and direction were important areas that were
of great interest to our members." Stated, James R. Dragon President, Métis
Local 1935. "We are pleased to return as a Member."
    "Representing hundreds of Elders from Fort McMurray, the Friendship
Centre felt CEMA would be a good place for its members to participate." Added
Marvin McDonald, of the Nistawayou Association Friendship Centre. "Our members
felt they can make a productive contribution to CEMA."

    CEMA is a nonprofit association based in Fort McMurray, Alberta. CEMA's
mandate is to study the cumulative environmental effects of industrial
development in the region and produce recommendations guidelines and
management frameworks. Since its inception CEMA has produced hundreds of
reports and eight Management Frameworks.
    For more information about CEMA please visit www.cemaonline.ca.

For further information:

For further information: Corey Hobbs, Communications Director,
Cumulative Environmental Management Association, (780) 881-4943,

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