We couldn’t have said it any better Bruce! According to Mr. Dumont, a majority of First Nations support resource development projects like the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion (TMX) and the now cancelled Northern Gateway.
Bruce Dumont is currently a Board Member of the National Coalition of Chiefs (NCC) and is the Former President of the B.C. First Nation. He is one of a handful of Aboriginal leaders who have chosen to vocalize their support for the oil and gas sector as the industry battles staunch adversity from special interest and environmental groups who want you to believe that all First Nations are against resource development in Canada.
This of course could not be further from the truth. Listen to what Bruce has to say, a long-time leader among First Nations and Metis peoples in Western Canada:
Bruce Dumont: First Nations Support Oil and Gas
“It’s important people know we do support responsible oil and gas development.”— Oil Sands Action (@OilsandsAction) November 28, 2019
71% of the Indigenous groups on the Northern Gateway pipeline route supported the project.
94% of the Indigenous groups on the #TransMountain pipeline route also support the project. pic.twitter.com/Pzgcqqihsc
“The biggest message that I would like to convey is that there is this misnomer that the Metis and First Nations do not support the oil and gas industry. We all work, well maybe not all of us, but a huge majority of us work in oil and gas. My family for instance, from Alberta, and I’m from Alberta originally.
You know, we raised our families on natural resources and oil and gas, and I think it’s really important that people know that we support responsible oil and gas development. I signed a contract with TMX [Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion] as the President of the Metis Nation of B.C., and I also signed a contract with Northern Gateway.
We have to adjust, we have to do something to reinvigorate the oil and gas industry, you know, get our oil and gas to market, I think it’s the important thing, and there’s different ways we have to be innovative to do that, you know, with so much and such a large volume of resource here in Alberta, you know everyone’s going to benefit. You know, if we’d, if they hadn’t pulled the certificate for Northern Gateway, everybody, every Canadian would have been benefiting today.”
- Bruce Dumont, National Coalition of Chiefs
More Indigenous Support for Oil & Gas:
Bruce and Dale aren't the only Aboriginal leaders who support resource development in Canada. See what others are saying below: