FORT MCKAY, AB, Sept. 7, 2018 /CNW/ - The McKay Métis Community and Imperial are celebrating the signing of a long-term benefits agreement providing mutual benefits to both parties. The McKay Métis and Imperial plan to mark the signing of the agreement this fall with a special celebration in the community of Fort McKay in northeastern Alberta.
"This is an important agreement for our community," said Ron Quintal, President of the McKay Métis Community. "The McKay Métis are satisfied that Imperial's Kearl and proposed Aspen projects are environmentally sound and will provide significant economic benefit. We look forward to collaborating on environmental oversight. Our collaboration demonstrates that responsible oil sands development can be achieved by focusing on common goals to minimize environmental impacts while creating economic benefits for our people. This is one of the biggest successes to date for my community; one that proves what Métis people and Communities can achieve when there is a vision and the will to drive prosperity."
The agreement identifies direct economic benefits for the community related to Imperial's Kearl and future Aspen oil sands projects. This includes participation by the McKay Métis in environmental planning and stewarding and the development of business capacity and contracting opportunities for its members. The agreement also provides an investment in the development of the McKay Métis cultural pavilion in Fort McKay, which will used for cultural events and community gatherings, as well as showcase the unique and rich culture and history of the Métis people.
"Imperial and the McKay Métis share a common goal to ensure environmental protection and economic prosperity for the association as part of Imperial's plans to develop oil sands in a responsible manner, "said Bryan Pickett, vice president of production for Imperial. "This agreement continues to build on and strengthens the relationship between Imperial and McKay Métis Community by focusing on shared values of respect and trust to build a long-term partnership."
SOURCE McKay Métis
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