Standing Rock's Sioux Tribe, the Union of BC Chiefs, and many more Indigenous leaders signed a treaty to prevent expansion of the tar sands.
Steam-powered mining is anything but environmentally friendly.
The fire first broke out on May 1 and spread to nearly 6,000 square kilometers at its peak, destroying over 1,900 buildings in Fort Mac, the hub of Canada's oil sands in northern Alberta.
At a press conference this week called specifically to draw attention to the problem, Calgary police stressed that unemployment is not a direct cause of domestic violence and that "in no way does it excuse it."
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The National Energy Board decision on the west coast project, which has provoked mass protests and arrests, is a major notch in the Liberal government's plan to approve a pipeline that would move Alberta oil to international markets.
Raging wildfires are once again threatening the Albertan city, and have now forced the evacuation of oil sands facilities and worker camps in the region.
The Fort McMurray wildfire, which forced the evacuation of more than 80,000 people, is now about 241,000 hectares in size, pushing toward the border with neighboring Saskatchewan.
The highway through Fort Mac, in northern Alberta, has opened up to industrial vehicles, a little over a week after a mandatory evacuation due to a raging wildfire. It's not yet known when residents will be able to return to the city.
Several Facebook groups have been set up for desperate pet owners to post photos and locations, in case anyone is nearby to rescue them. And it seems to be working.
The province of Alberta has declared a state of emergency after a massive wildfire forced more than 80,000 people to evacuate from Fort McMurray. Last night, neighboring towns and an evacuation center also had to clear out.
Fort McMurray is synonymous with Canada's oil sands. The sudden and mandatory evacuation caught residents, many of whom assumed the wildfire was under control, off guard.