Indigenous Co-Led Reclamation Research Project

This project will assist Suncor Energy Inc. (Suncor) and Fort Mckay First Nation bring a Suncor mine site back to its original ecological state and environmental functions. To best achieve this, Fort Mckay First Nation and Suncor will work together to ensure the new restored site will support the traditional practices of Fort Mckay First Nation. The research team will analyze how Suncor and Fort Mckay First Nation work together, best utilizing both Scientific and intergenerational Indigenous Knowledge to restore this mine site. From this research Suncor will develop key lessons learned on how to effectively build relationships with indigenous communities and be a key player in Canada’s work to reconciliation with the indigenous peoples of Canada.

Faculty Supervisor:

Daniel McCarthy


Alexandra Post


Suncor Energy Oil Sands Limited Partnership


Environmental sciences



University of Waterloo



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