High price of buying in: Oil-friendly Indigenous groups are disparaged as ‘sellouts’ – Macleans.ca

by ahnationtalk on March 15, 201947 Views

Bands in Alberta and B.C. want in on energy infrastructure to reap the economic benefits—and to implement environmental protections

Mar 14, 2019

Not long ago, Stephen Buffalo, the president and CEO of the Indian Resource Council of Canada (IRC), held a conference called “Pipeline Gridlock” in Calgary to discuss the involvement of Indigenous people in natural resource projects. Invitations went out to its 174 First Nation members and prominent oil executives. The year was 2016. Enbridge’s Northern Gateway was months away from being killed and the Trans Mountain expansion was better known as TMX. Fort McMurray, Alta., had partly burned. At the time, Buffalo got word that environmental groups and the Idle No More movement would converge on the streets in protest; Greenpeace had sectioned off a part of the city. So Buffalo put off the conference until later that year. But he still remembers what was said about him: “sellout Indian.” “Earth killer.”

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