Indigenous participation in energy sector an exercise in Indigenous self-determination, economic development: Joseph Quesnel in the Hill Times

by ahnationtalk on December 3, 2019138 Views

December 3, 2019

Now that the dust has settled from the election, the newly re-elected Liberal government will have to take stock of this election campaign and what issues were missed. For Indigenous communities, much was lost or distorted.

When a group called Climate Justice Edmonton attempted to hold a “climate strike” in Edmonton on the Friday before election day involving famed environmental activist Greta Thunberg, they might not have expected a stern reminder from a group called the Indian Resource Council. After all, climate activists believe they are the ones who speak for First Nations’ interests.

The IRC, however, reminded the environmentalist group that Indigenous participation in the energy sector is an exercise in Indigenous self-determination and economic development. First Nations and Métis communities have the right to engage with and partner with resource companies in the interests of their members.

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