Allan Adam is celebrating 10 years as chief of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation in October, a decade that has seen rapid growth in oil sands development in and around his people’s traditional territory. Adam has frequently taken a public and prominent role on matters of environmental stewardship, aboriginal rights and industrial development, often coming in to conflict with the provincial government and the oil and gas industry. He has also long raised concern about the impact of bitumen projects on the health of people living in the Athabasca River region. Chief Adam took a prominent role in the national Idle No More movement that swept the country last year, taking his influence to a national audience.