The pace and effects of resource development in the region puts Fort Chipewyan Métis lands, resources, and cultural sustainability at risk. The GIR department manages the Community’s concerns regarding impacts and effects from development and resource extraction, with industry and government, and build the necessary capacity to effectively participate and express our concerns effectively.
The Fort Chip Métis works to protect Fort Chipewyan Métis rights, interests, and lands in relations with resource developers, government agencies, and the broader public. Our wish is to build the following capacities now and for the future of the Fort Chipewyan Métis:
The GIR department is maintained with funding from industry Bi-lateral Agreements, government contribution agreements, and grant funding opportunities
The health of our people, who we are as a people, and how we sustain ourselves over generations is tied to our relationship with the surrounding lands, waters, animals and beings. We give thanks for these gifts provided by Mother Earth. This means honouring a respectful, reciprocal relationship with these gifts and their health through our cultural values and beliefs, customs, protocols, and practices. Our responsibility for this relationship and to our future generations is maintained through our land-based knowledge and teachings, shared between our elders and youth, over generations.
Our traditional stewardship values are critical to the preservation of our cultural activities and sustainability of our resources. Our experiential knowledge, passed from our ancestors through many generations, provides a deep understanding of the health (quality and condition) of our lands, from before disturbance, changes to the quality and condition observed since, and our expectations for the level required to sustain our surroundings and our ability to meaningfully exercise our rights, according to our cultural perspectives and traditions.
Priorities the GIR manages include, but are not limited to