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In pictures: Oil issues unite rain forest natives with Northern Alberta aboriginals

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From left, Puwaanch Kintui Antich, Jiyukam Irar Miik, Peas Peas Ayui, and Ampush Ayui Chayat. They are leaders of the Achuar indigenous people from the rain forest in Peru flew. They flew 8,000 kilometres to beseech Talisman Energy Inc., the Calgary-based oil and gas conglomerate, to stop drilling in their territory. But first, they wanted to see a Canadian oil patch for themselves, and meet the aboriginal people who lived there.

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Ampush Ayui Chayat stands next to protesters outside the Talisman Energy annual general meeting in Calgary, on May 1, 2012.

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Peas Peas Ayui and Jiyukam Irar Miik visit the Athabasca oilsands area in northern Alberta.

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Syncrude Canada Ltd. operations n Fort McMurray, Alta.

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Ampush Ayui Chayat looks at oil operations in Northern Alberta.

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An aerial view of the Athabasca oil sands region in Alberta.

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Puwaanch Kintui Antich, a mother and farmer from Achuar territory in the Peruvian Amazon, visited the Oil Sands Discovery Center in Fortt McMurray, Alta.

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Jiyukam Irar Miik visits the Athabasca oil sands area of Northern Alberta.

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A traditional water drum, which Bryan Bird, a Cree community member of the Fort McMurray First Nation, shared with the visiting natives of Peru.

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Jiyukam Irar Miik saw snow for the first time in northern Alberta.

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