Imperial and MacKay Métis First Nations come to terms on Aspen and Kearl
After more than a year of consultations, the McKay Métis Community and Imperial Oil signed a long-term mutual benefits agreement this week in the hamlet of Fort McKay, located 60 km north of Fort McMurray.
Community President Ron Quintal says his members are "satisfied that Imperial's Kearl and proposed Aspen projects are environmentally sound and will provide significant economic benefit." The First Nations community will provide environmental planning and stewardship, as well as contracting services.
Imperial Oil has agreed to invest in the development of the McKay Métis cultural pavilion in Fort McKay, to be used for cultural events and community gatherings.