Traditional Resource Consumptive Use Survey

Purpose of the study

This study will look at current water quality standards used by industry and government to determine if they are protective of our community’s traditional uses. Currently, industry and government do not consider your traditional use in water quality standards. Mikisew Cree First Nation, Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, and Fort McKay First Nation will be asking their members questions about the number of traditional foods and medicines they eat or use in the Athabasca region.

The information we collect will be used to identify, protect, and produce relevant guidelines for eating and using traditional foods and medicines. This information will help determine whether current surface water and sediment quality standards set by the government sufficiently protect you and our community when consuming traditional foods and medicines.

How to participate

You are invited to participate in the survey which is part of a larger study carried out in collaboration with Mikisew Cree First Nation, Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, and Fort McKay First Nation. Contact Lolita at or 780.881.6136, for further details please download the pdf in the link below.

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This project is for the benefit of everyone in our community. Technical support is provided by Integrated Toxicology Solutions, Thompson Aquatic Consulting, and Integral Ecology Group. Funding is provided through the Alberta Oilsands Monitoring Program.

About the survey

By completing the survey, you understand and provide consent to the following,

  • You are required to be a community member of either Fort McKay First Nation, Mikisew Cree First Nation, or Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation.
  • The survey will take between 5 minutes to 2 hours of your time depending on the number of traditional foods and medicines you eat and use.
  • You have the right to not participate, to refuse to answer any question, and the right to stop the survey at any time.
  • The information that you provide is controlled by your community. It will be kept confidential and will reside with your community.

Feedback about the survey is anticipated to be available in March 2021 and will be available from Lolita, at Fort McKay Sustainability Department.

Contact Name

Lolita Ladouceur
Manager of Community Development
Fort McKay Sustainability Department

Fort McKay First Nation
94405 Fort McKay Road, Fort McKay, T0P 1C0
Office: 780.828.2480 or Cell: 780.881.6136