Grassy Mountain Coal & First Nations: Who Gets to Decide?

Coal Passing Through the Canadian Rockies Canadians are so fortunate to have so many different kinds of natural resources in our backyard. But which ones do we develop, and who gets to decide who develops them? We are environmental leaders in Canada since we develop our resources responsibly, an...


Is There Indigenous Support for LNG Projects in Canada?

Key Points • Several Indigenous communities fully support a number of emerging LNG projects on Canada's West Coast • First Nations are partners in the development of most of these new LNG facilities • A majority of Indigenous Peoples in Canada support natural resource development Construction a...


Nisga’a Nation, Ksi Lisims LNG & Indigenous Reconciliation

Eva Clayton, President of Nisga'a Nation Do you find yourself having a positive outlook about the future of Canadian natural resource development, and more specifically, the oil and gas sector? Or, are you less optimistic about the potential of future projects and outcomes?


Indigenous Resource Network Poll Had Surprising Results

The Indigenous Resource Network recently commissioned a poll on Indigenous perspectives on resource development, and it had surprising results.   The results of the poll, which you can read and watch in greater detail here, were a relief to me. I’m not going to lie, I was assuming that the Indig...


A Majority of Indigenous Peoples in Canada Support Resource Development: POLL

Courtesy of IRN A poll conducted on behalf of the Indigenous Resource Network (IRN) has found that a majority of First Nations, Métis and Inuit Peoples living in rural areas or on reserves across Canada support natural resource development. According to the poll, 65% of the 549 self-identified I...


Have You Heard of Bill C-15, UNDRIP?

United Nations Building in Geneva, Switzerland What is the United Nations Declaration on Rights of Indigenous People (UNDRIP), and how does it relate to Bill C-15? Not many Canadians have heard of this legislation or understand what it entails, but you should know that Bill C-15 will affect ever...


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.


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 resource development in...


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 can get some attention...


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 businesses in 2019, up b...