Aboriginal Perspectives

Aboriginal peoples have occupied the Peace-Athabasca Delta since time immemorial, using its resources for sustenance. Members of the Mikisew Cree First Nation, Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, and Fort Chipewyan Métis Association have used the land, waters and resources of the delta for generations. Traditional use continues today with hunting, trapping, fishing, berry-picking, and spiritual, medicinal and cultural uses of the land. There is a strong desire to ensure that the ecological health of the delta is maintained for the benefit of both present and future generations.

Elders and local residents are very concerned today about the ecological changes that they are seeing in the Peace-Athabasca Delta. There is concern that if these changes continue unchecked, the ecological health of the delta will continue to deteriorate and traditional use of the delta will be threatened for the future.