CEMA Delivers Water Video in Dene and Cree
Fort McMurray, Alberta – The Cumulative Environmental Management Association (CEMA) has released new videos in Dene and Cree on “Athabasca Water Withdrawals” for the local Aboriginal communities. The release of the video in traditional language is the first stage of a pilot project to gauge interest from the local First Nations and Métis communities in the Wood Buffalo region for similar projects.
CEMA’s Traditional Knowledge Working Group (TKWG) members created the project after hearing first hand from local Elders about the lack of information in their traditional languages. It was determined by the TKWG that a pilot project to translate CEMA “Athabasca Water Withdrawals” in to Dene and Cree, with copies provided to the Aboriginal communities, would generate feedback to determine its success.
“For thousands of years the Athabasca River has been the main artery for Aboriginal people in the north-east region of Alberta. Allowing our Elders to listen first hand to a professional and objective overview of its current status today, in Dene or Cree, is what Elders have asked for and deserve” added Jumbo Fraser, CEMA Vice-President. “I have been a member of the TKWG since its inception. Projects like this reaching out directly to our communities on a grass roots level prove the success of CEMA.”
CEMA is a multi-stakeholder society that is a key advisor to the provincial and federal governments committed to respectful, inclusive dialogue to make recommendations to manage the cumulative environmental effects of regional development on air, land, water and biodiversity.