Canada's Mining Industry from a First-Person, Indigenous Viewpoint

Canada's Mining Industry from a First-Person, Indigenous Viewpoint

Since the first week of May is mining week in Canada, I thought I’d share some of the things I’ve learned about mining. I am a heavy equipment operator in an open-pit mine in Northern Alberta, so I guess that makes me a miner too.Canada's Vast Resources... Did you know that C...

Who Said Indigenous Peoples Don’t Work in the Energy Sector?

Who Said Indigenous Peoples Don’t Work in the Energy Sector?

Indigenous People do work in the energy sector, just like me! Whoever said we didn’t, or that we don’t support the oil and gas industry is not being honest about the will of the majority of Indigenous Peoples in Western Canada who support responsible and inclusive natural res...

Indigenous Peoples in Canada Can Speak for Themselves

Indigenous Peoples in Canada Can Speak for Themselves

If only you would listen, you’d hear Indigenous People trying to assert our needs. Some people say we should forget our past and move forward to the future. Well, we are trying to move forward. At times, some Indigenous People feel the need to get loud and vocal so that we ca...

Oil Sands Sector Spent $2.4 Billion With Indigenous Businesses in 2019

Oil Sands Sector Spent $2.4 Billion With Indigenous Businesses in 2019

Oil sands producers spent more in 2019 than the previous two years on the procurement of goods and services from Indigenous suppliers says a recent survey by the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers. Just under $2.4 billion was spent on procurement from Indigenous busi...

Keystone XL Cancellation is Like Hitting a Brick Wall, Again

Keystone XL Cancellation is Like Hitting a Brick Wall, Again

Doesn’t it feel like we are hitting a brick wall every time we try to help our desperate economy? Whether it’s COVID-19 or just bad government policies all together, Canadians seem to be going one step forward and then two steps back for economic recovery. I’ve read in the ne...

15+ Quotes: Indigenous Support for Trans Mountain Pipeline is Strong!

15+ Quotes: Indigenous Support for Trans Mountain Pipeline is Strong!

Do Indigenous Peoples in Canada support the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion (TMX) project? The answer is yes, and it's not just a few isolated communities that do either - 120 out of 129 Indigenous groups potentially affected by the pipeline either support TMX or do not opp...

With Canada’s Resource Abundance, We Shouldn’t Have to Struggle

With Canada’s Resource Abundance, We Shouldn’t Have to Struggle

Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Canadians can all benefit from a resource focused recovery   Estella Petersen, Indigenous Heavy Equipment Operator in the Canadian Oil Sands This time of the year has me thinking about family. Family takes on a different meaning for different peo...

WATCH: Wet’suwet’en Matriarch Says They Did Not Give Permission to Protest

WATCH: Wet’suwet’en Matriarch Says They Did Not Give Permission to Protest

Rita George is a Wet’suwet’en Matriarch and hereditary sub chief who today is speaking out against the so called “solidarity” protests happening across Canada under her nation’s name. As an 80 year old in the Gidimt’en Clan (Bear Clan), she helped translate a seminal Supreme C...

WATCH: Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chief Says Her Nation Supports Pipeline

WATCH: Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chief Says Her Nation Supports Pipeline

Are all Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs against the Coastal GasLink pipeline? According to several sources, only 5 of 13 are opposed, leaving a handful of others who are proponents to the project out of the conversation. Helen Michelle has been a Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Chief w...

WATCH: Wet’suwet’en Says Her People Are Being Misinformed on Gas Pipeline

WATCH: Wet’suwet’en Says Her People Are Being Misinformed on Gas Pipeline

You've seen it all over social media: Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs are united against the Coastal GasLink project. But are they? Once again, the media isn’t even close to reporting a balanced view of the situation transpiring in northern British Columbia and seems disinteres...