Welcome to Fort McKay First Nation (FMFN), located along the banks of the Athabasca River in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo north of Fort McMurray. There are approximately 700 Dene, Cree and Métis community members living in Fort McKay. The FMFN shares a border with the Fort McKay Métis Community and together we call Fort McKay home.
The FMFN believes the practice and preservation of our traditional ways of life can occur simultaneously alongside continuous and responsible oil sands development. This philosophy has allowed the FMFN to enhance our community's social and economic conditions through effective partnerships with industry and government. We are known for our good working relationships with the surrounding oil sands companies. FMFN strives to balance resource development with protecting the health of our community and the environment.
In 2005, FMFN settled a specific claim by selecting reserve lands adjacent to Gardiner Lake and Namur Lake, known locally to the community as Moose Lake and Buffalo Lake. These reserves are located approximately 50km northwest of Fort McKay. This particular area in our traditional territory is sacred to the community of Fort McKay and is the resting place of many of our ancestors.
Many community members have built their own cabins at our Moose Lake reserve, and FMFN maintains cabins at Moose Lake for the use of our community members. Moose Lake is one of the only areas far enough away from oil sands development where the people of Fort McKay can hunt, trap, fish, and pick berries safely and in peace. Fort McKay First Nation is committed to the protection and preservation of Moose Lake in order to ensure our children and grandchildren have a clean, peaceful place to keep our traditions and culture alive.