Federal Indigenous Loan Guarantee Program is a Win for Canada and First Nations

By now, most Canadians have heard about the latest federal budget which includes an Indigenous Loan Guarantee Program that doesn’t discriminate between industries. This is great news, as word on the street was that the budget would not include loans to Indigenous groups for oil and natural gas p...


Attacks on the Oil & Gas Industry Only Hurt Canadian & Indigenous Families

Bill C-372, the private members’ bill introduced in February 2024 to “prohibit a person from promoting fossil fuels,” is just one of many attacks against Canada’s world-class oil and gas industry over the past several years. It is incredible that even now, with falling productivity and investmen...


What is the Prince Rupert Gas Transmission (PRGT) Pipeline Project?

Map of Previous PRGT Pipeline - TC Energy The Nisga’a First Nation and its industry partner have announced plans to buy the Prince Rupert Gas Transmission (PRGT) pipeline from its original owner to supply natural gas to the up-and-coming Ksi Lisims LNG project. This is great news if you care abo...


Indigenous Energy Worker Responds to Fossil Fuel Ad. Ban Bill C-372

Regarding the recent announcement of Bill C-372, an ill-conceived private members’ bill that aims to ban what is described as “misleading” fossil fuel advertising. Listening to the Member of Parliament speak about their bill was a challenge, as it was very degrading to Indigenous people who supp...


The Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion is Indigenous Economic Reconciliation

The Trans Mountain Expansion Pipeline (TMX) is nearing completion, which is great news for Canadians and First Nations! If you don't know already, this project entails the "twinning" of the original pipeline, which has operated safely without major incident since the 1950s.


Canada Shouldn’t Stifle Indigenous Economic Opportunities With More Regulations

Canada’s greatest gift to ourselves and the world is undoubtedly our resources - energy, food, wood, minerals, metals, wind, water, and everything in between. It doesn’t matter what set of values you have in Canada; it is crystal clear that natural resources are our bread and butter, the meat an...


Oil & Natural Gas Must Be Included in Federal Government’s Indigenous Resourc...

The federal government has said it will lend capital to Indigenous communities through the Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB) to purchase equity shares in infrastructure projects. However, the CIB is only mandated by Ottawa to invest in broadband, renewable electricity, green infrastructure, trade...


Why Do Celebrities Interfere with Indigenous Business in Canada?

Most Indigenous people in Canada want to work and provide for their families. And Canadian banks are getting on board with Indigenous businesses, especially in the natural resources sector. So then, why do American celebrities still deliberately interfere with Indigenous business in Canada? The...


DEBATE: How Does Oil & Gas Divestment Affect Indigenous Communities in Canada?

As more First Nations in Canada look to natural resources projects as a means of economic reconciliation, what is the effect of the divestment movement on these communities? Mike Smyth, host of The Mike Smyth Show on 980 CKNW out of Vancouver, joins Cody Battershill, Founder and Chief Spokespers...


The “Trickle-Down” Effect of Canadian Oil & Gas

Canada Day has come and gone and it is evident how much Canadians love our country. Despite our regional differences, there seems to be a general understanding that all provinces and territories are connected, and when one province is doing well, the others are also. Recently I wrote about the r...