Thursday, October 09, 2008

EDMONTON - Actress Neve Campbell toured the Fort McMurray oilsands this week and met with leaders of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation and the Mikisew Cree First Nation.

"I'm horrified by the pace and scale of development in the tar sands, and the weak response by our federal and provincial governments," Campbell said in a news release today.

The tour on Tuesday and Wednesday by car and helicopter was organized by Forest Ethics.

"I'll be working with Forest Ethics and the First Nations to continue to raise awareness in the coming months," said Campbell, the Canadian-born star of the Scream movie trilogy.

Tour organizer Todd Paglia, executive director of Forest Ethics, said the tour  "is just the beginning" of its efforts to raise awareness in the U.S. and Canada "about the environmental and social costs of tar sands development."

Campbell was accompanied by Colin Finlay, a Los Angeles-based photographer whose work was featured last year in Vanity Fair's green issue.

Chief Roxanne Marcel of the Mikisew Cree said: "Having lunch and meeting celebrities like Neve Campbell was nothing I ever dreamed of, but because we share the same interests around the negative impacts from tar sands development, it was an obvious opportunity to discuss collaborations and how we could work together."

Fort Chipewyan is located downstream from Fort McMurray on the Athabasca River

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