Wednesday November 25 2015 7 ENVIRONMENT OILSANDS CONTEST RULES 1. Entries will consist of writing your name and phone number on the back of a receipt from local participating retailers in the amount of 30.00 or more and placing this in a designated ballot box. 2. Ballot boxes will be placed at participating retailers and emptied weekly for the draw. 3. There will be FIVE WEEKLY DRAWS with the first draw on November 18 for prizes donated by local businesses. 4. The GRAND PRIZE of two tickets to Edmonton will be drawn from all of the weekly entries on December 23. 5. Winners will be notified by phone and prize winners will be posted on Facebook. 6. Chamber Executive members are not eligible for prizes. Thank you to the following businesses for their kind donation of prizes for the Shop Local Campaign THEBACHA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Northern Stores Kaesers Stores TDC Wallys Drugs Bank of Montreal Hobart and Mum Shear FunStreet Treats Northwestern Air Lease Please remember that each purchase from a local business provides employment for residents as well as offering services for residents and visitors alike. By CRAIG GILBERT The second time was a charm for Aboriginal leaders associated with an oilsands watchdog group who weeks ago walked out of a meeting withtheAlbertagovernment. TheNov.17meetingbetween Environment Minister Shan- non Phillips and the Aborigi- nal caucus of the Cumulative Environmental Management Association CEMA came as theAlbertagovernmentworks out what to do about the de- cision by oil patch companies to cease funding the not-for- prots5millionannualbud- get in 2016. For 12 years the organization has studied the effects of industry on the air earth water and biodiversity in and around Wood Buffalo regional municipality. There will always be pres- sure from industry Fort Mc- Murray Metis vice-president BillLoutittsaid.Eventhough theyvemadebillionsinprots here they continue to feel that their shareholders always re- quiremore.Wevegotnoprob- lemwiththatbutasAboriginal peoplethepeoplewerepresent areourshareholdersandwefeel theyarebeingshortchanged. InOctoberthecaucusrepre- sentingsevenFirstNationand Metiscommunitieswalkedout ofameetingwithprovincialbu- reaucratsontheprovincessus- tainabledevelopmentplanfor theareabecausetheyfeltthey were not being heard accord- ingtoLoutittwhoblamedthe clash on government inertia. The last time they were prettyadamantthatthisisthe rules and theyre going to go ahead and we were there just tolistenLoutitttoldtheJour- nalonNov.20.Therewasno opportunity for input. We felt that by staying in that meet- ingwewerejustgoingtohelp themimplementsomethingwe had no input into. Theres been a change in government and the thing is they dont change their bu- reaucrats right away so we were dealing with old bu- reaucrats. This last meet- ing they brought the assis- tant deputy minister and he was certainly a little bit more open to hearing what we had to say. InSeptemberCEMAsboard of directors voted to continue operatingdespitethelooming funding cut. Loutitt said any organization that replaces CEMA must have a gover- nance structure that allows for input on what should be researchedandagainonnal reports before they go to the provincial or federal govern- ments for policy changes. We want to provide them solutions on what we feel is necessarynotonlyduring the industrial development but whatitsgoingtolooklikeafter theyrenishedhesaid.We want input on reclamation. Weve already seen it where they reclaimed and made buffalo pasture which really doesnt help the Aboriginal people. They fence off a big area and put buffalo in and just restrict access to the ter- ritory that we used to use. Lackadaisical leadership Phillips who Loutitt de- scribedasquiteopentothefact thatchangesneedtobemade toldtheJournalonNov.19the NewDemocratsplannedtodo betteronenvironmentalmon- itoring and consultation with indigenous stakeholders than thepreviousProgressiveCon- servative government. Wehaveanumberofother piecestoputinplaceonmoni- toring and cumulative effects thatistakingalittlebitoftime shesaid.Thesearenotsmall topics and we also inherited a situation from the previous governmentwheretherewas somelackadaisicalleadership ontheirpartsoithastakenus sometimetodoastock-taking of the institutions organiza- tions and mechanisms that are on the ground and how we can do better. She said indigenous con- sultation and environmental monitoring were the main subjects she discussed with federal Environment Minis- ter Catherine McKenna who was in Edmonton on Nov. 18. Our commitment to Ab- original groups is we would ensure that CEMAs best work is carried forward she said. The organization may not be precisely in its current formsimplybecausewehave a number of other challenges fromthepreviousgovernment but we are working on how to put together a framework that will work for everyone mindful of the fact we have to embark on a respectful en- gagementandparticipationof indigenous people. Thereareabacklogofcon- cerns in the Lower Athabasca that have been waiting for ac- tionwhichrequirecarefuland thoughtful attention. Moving too quickly in an area where there are a number of other jobs and impacts and so on is notourapproachsowevebeen takingourtimewiththisone. Loutitt said the Aboriginal caucusadministrativestaffis working with the province on what the successor to CEMA mightlooklikeandthataplan is being developed. Industry groups have long argued that CEMA should be folded into another organiza- tion like the Joint Canada- Alberta Implementation Plan for Oil Sands Monitoring but CEMA is the only organiza- tion that takes input from in- digenous stakeholders. They are very industry- heavyorganizationsthatwork withgovernmentLoutittsaid. A lot of the time when some- one is paying for the report they denitely make sure it is one-sided or not all the facts arelaidout.Traditionalknowl- edge has to be involved. Our Aboriginal groups First Na- tionandMetisareverytightly aligned on the environment stuff.Wedohaverightsandif you dont take care of the en- vironment rights arent very much good when it comes to huntingandshingandaccess totheland.Thesearetheareas wereallyndaredetrimental to the Aboriginal people. Reboot Aboriginal leaders talk CEMA with Phillips Members representing the Aboriginal caucus of the Cumulative Environmental Management Association CEMA met with the Alberta environment minister at the provincial legislature on Nov. 17. PhotocourtesyofBillLoutitt Prior to his retirement from Aurora College in Fort Smith Northwest Territories he was employed as a carpentry in- structor for thirty years. Dun- can was always there to give a helping hand to everyone that sought his assistance and ad- vice for any project they may have had. His humor charmed many students and his car- pentry experience assisted to fulll their career goals. Duncan Doug loved to spend quality time with his family and friends and upon retirement found many new friends in Arizona where he loved to spend his quiet and peaceful winters with his lov- ing wife of 44 years and many new found friends. For a num- ber of years preceding his retirement and for the years after Duncan has touched the lives of many many people young and old with the spirit of Christmas. With great sup- port from his wife and chil- dren and the communities of Fort Smith and Tonopah he constructed a Santa sleigh in both the Northwest Territories and in Arizona in which he and his wife would spend the Christmas season spreading Duncan MacPherson 1948-2015 happiness and well being to all. Through the MacClaus sleigh Christmas was made of wood wire and a great big heart. Duncans death was a re- sult of an accident while work- ing on his passion the Mac- Claus sleigh that brought so much happiness to so many people. Duncan is survived by his wife Carol Catherine Ranni MacPherson. Sons Glen Michelle of St. Albert Alberta Craig Kim of Fort Smith Northwest Territories Nick Donna of St. Johns Newfoundland daughter Maureen Aaron Kikoak of Fort Smith NT as well as twelve grandchildren Doug- las Randall Isabella Tristan Dylan Ashton Logan Triton Madison Kieran Taylor and Amelia. He also leaves be- hind his sisters Marie Charlie Cash Judy Sandy Morrison and brother Mike. He will be greatly missed by all. Cremation has taken place and at a later time memorial services will be held in Cape Breton Nova Scotia as well as Fort Smith Northwest Territories and Tonopah Arizona. It is with heavy hearts that we the family announce the passing of Duncan Doug Joseph MacPherson on Wednesday November 18 2015 in Goodyear Arizona. Born in Sydney Nova Scotia on June 5 1948 He was the son of the late Duncan and Alberta Maddox MacPherson.