Canadian-born director James Cameron agreed Tuesday to help aboriginal communities with legal action against the Alberta and Canadian governments to stop water-borne pollution from the oilsands.
Cameron met with community leaders and residents in Fort Chipewyan. The small town of 1,200 has been complaining for years about unusual rates of cancer and other illnesses among residents. The majority believe the disease is caused by air and water pollution from oilsands development, which they say also contaminates the wild foods they eat.
The provincial government has denied the industry has any negative impacts on downstream communities.