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James Cameron to tour Athabasca

Vow comes after he declared project a 'black eye' for Canada

TORONTO -- "Avatar" director-turned-eco activist James Cameron looks set to tour the devastation of Alberta's tar sands after declaring the controversial Canadian oil development a "black eye" for Canada.

Alberta native activist George Poitras of the Mikisew First nation on Tuesday said he met this weekend in New York with Cameron at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, and that the Hollywood heavyweight pledged to visit the Athabasca oil sands project first-hand.

Cameron was hosting a special screening of "Avatar" in New York on Saturday night to coincide with the U.N. gathering.

The Canadian-born director last week slammed Alberta for causing a "black eye" to Canada's environmental record as he touted the debut of his sci-fi epic on Blu-ray and DVD on Earth Day, April 22.

Canadian environmentalists have long complained that spillage and seepage at the Alberta's oil sands project in Canada's north is a disaster in the making.