Video series: Wildlife science in the oil sands region

The scientific expertise of Environment and Climate Change Canada is combined with Indigenous knowledge in a video series highlighting the work of wildlife biologist Phil Thomas in Alberta’s oil sands region.  The involvement of Indigenous people is essential to the success of his work analyzing the impacts of industrial contaminants on the health of wildlife.  Follow his journey to gain a deeper understanding of his work with the Mikisew Cree First Nation and Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation. 
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Part 1: The road to Fort Chip 

The road to Fort Chip

Phil Thomas travels to Fort Chipewyan, Alberta to work alongside members of the local Indigenous community to study the health of local wildlife.

Part 2: Learning from each other 

Learning from each other

“Traditional knowledge that’s been passed down from generation to generation is so important.” Phil Thomas meets with members of the Mikisew Cree First Nation and the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation who provide vital Indigenous knowledge to guide his scientific work.

Part 3: Inspiring future generations 

Inspiring future generations

Phil Thomas discusses the importance of sharing knowledge and involving youth in tackling environmental challenges.

Part 4: Tying it all together 

Tying it all together

Our work with Indigenous communities to safeguard ecosystem health is making a real difference in Alberta’s oil sands region.

Part 5: Reflections 


Phil Thomas reflects on his experience collaborating with the Mikisew Cree First Nation and the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation in Fort Chipewyan, Alberta.


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