Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo


Moccasin Flats


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THAT the Municipality support and collaborate with the Indigenous community of Wood Buffalo to reconcile Moccasin Flats in a manner that is meaningful to all that have been impacted by the events which took place. 

Meeting History

Jul 10, 2018 3:00 PM Video Council Special Council Meeting

Susan Trylinski, Municipal Legal Counsel, presented an overview of Moccasin Flats, a Métis settlement in Fort McMurray that was demolished between the late 1970's and the early 1980's. It was noted that the presentation is only an outline of the events that took place and is based on information currently in the Municipality’s possession, which was from various sources that cannot be verified at this stage.

Exit and Return

Councillor K. McGrath exited the meeting at 3:10 p.m. and returned at 3:25 p.m.

Bill Loutit, Chief Executive Officer, McMurray Métis, spoke about Moccasin Flats and the study that has been commissioned by the McMurray Métis to examine the cultural history and significance of Moccasin Flats. Mr. Loutit committed to sharing the information from the study to ensure all parties get the truth about what happened, as this would have a significant role in Truth and Reconciliation. It was noted that, although the McMurray Métis do not support a public inquiry into Moccasin Flats due to the process and time involved, they do support an independent review being conducted in tandem with any public inquiry.

Tara Joly, PhD, and Hereward Longley, PhD candidate, research consultants for McMurray Métis, provided an overview of the ongoing study into Moccasin Flats, which is expected to be complete in September, 2018. To date, the study has revealed that Moccasin Flats is an important Indigenous place for the Métis, who were evicted for a number of reasons, which had significant impact them including homelessness and financial insecurity.

Jay Telegdi, Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, spoke in support of the motion and an inquiry.

Exit and Return

Councillor K. McGrath exited the meeting at 4:14 p.m. and returned at 4:23 p.m.

John Malcolm, Interim Chief, Original Fort McMurray First Nation, which was formerly Wood Buffalo First Nation, spoke to the history of Moccasin Flats and the River People, as well as his concerns surrounding the evictions and subsequent events. He indicated he was not interested in a public inquiry.


A recess occurred between 4:31 p.m. and 4:45 p.m.

Karla Buffalo, Athabasca Tribal Council, and Rita Marten, Elder, spoke to the history of Moccasin Flats, requesting that the local First Nations be consulted through the process and be part of any review or inquiry that may occur.

Marilyn Buffalo, resident, spoke to the history and impact of the evictions that occurred over the years. She noted that the scope of any review or public inquiry, which should be a federal inquiry, needs to be broadened to include more than Moccasin Flats and to include all First Nations in the region.

Jim Rogers, resident, spoke to matters unrelated to the item.

Exit and Return

Councillor C. Voyageur exited the meeting at 5:15 p.m. and returned at 5:18 p.m.

Lou Callan, resident, spoke to the history and the residents who were evicted and relocated due to the development in the area of Moccasin Flats. Mr. Callan noted that his mother, Greta Callan, was a spokesperson for the evicted residents during that time and would be open to participating in any review or inquiry.

Recess the Matter

The Moccasin Flats item was recessed at 5:25 p.m. and it was noted that this item would continue at the regular Council meeting, which will convene at 6:00 p.m.

Jul 10, 2018 3:00 PM Video Council Special Council Meeting

That the Municipality call upon the Provincially Government to undertake a public inquiry into Moccasin Flats.