Project Reconciliation's Managing Director Steve Mason provides an update on how pipeline-ownership talks between Indigenous groups and the federal government have been developing.Read more
In his book Enlightenment Now, cognitive scientist Steven Pinker argues that the prevailing culture of pessimism has made the very notion of progress unfashionable.
The release this week of the final report of the National Inquiry into Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls lends to the impression that we have never had it so bleak when it comes to Canada’s relationship to its First Peoples.
Yet there is plenty of evidence to contradict the stereotype that all Indigenous Canadians are trapped in a cycle of misery.Read more
The standoff between Indigenous communities — backed by environmentalists — and the oil industry has led to regional alienation that is threatening the fabric of Canada in ways not seen since the height of the Québec separatist movement.
We, a business school professor and a former chief of the Thunderchild First Nation, believe the future of Canada — a major energy exporter — must include national economic prosperity, environmental stewardship and social and economic justice for Indigenous peoples.Read more
Opinion: Native ownership of Trans Mountain pipeline would replace First Nation poverty with prosperity
As former First Nations chiefs in B.C., Alberta and Saskatchewan, we feel we have spent much of our careers managing issues related to Indigenous poverty. So it will come as no surprise that we feel strongly that it’s time that we, as First Nations, turn our focus and attention to fostering our economic independence through wealth creation rather than relying on the public treasury for our livelihoods. As the Indigenous leadership team heading up Project Reconciliation, an initiative to buy a majority stake in the Trans Mountain Pipeline (TMX), we think it’s timely that we describe the project and what we hope to achieve.Read more
By Delbert Wapass, Wallace Fox and Shane Gottfriedson
Prince George Citizen, May 29, 2019
Most Canadians are aware Canada’s First Nations face tough obstacles, from poverty to inadequate housing and from lack of access to clean drinking water to a growing youth population that feels left out of the country’s future.
At the same time, the country faces its own challenges, particularly around energy. A decade of gridlock has jammed any reasonable prospect that Canadian oil, a main contributor to the country’s economy, will reach global markets. So, Canada is forced to sell its energy products to the US at a deep discount, and the country misses out on some $80 million per day in lost opportunity -- funds that might have been put toward decarbonisation and fighting climate change.
Guests Gregory John - Vice President of Indigenous Relations for Reconciliation Pipeline and Liana Wolf Leg - Manager of Indigenous Youth EngagementRead more
A First Nations-led group is planning on making a $6.8-billion bid to become a majority stakeholder in the Trans Mountain pipeline. Delbert Wapass, executive chairman of Project Reconciliation, tells BNN Bloomberg the group's priority is to ensure First Nations have a voice in the project.Read more
Indigenous groups from across western Canada say they are nearly ready to put forward an offer to buy the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.Read more
Indigenous communities and organizations that join Project Reconciliation in the majority ownership of the Trans Mountain pipeline and expansion will be reaping the benefits for the next 70 years, said Gregory John, vice president of Indigenous relations for the private enterprise.Read more