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.

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Indigenous Wealth Fund a Key to Reconciliation, Market Access and a Low-Carbon Future

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.

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Danielle Smith interviews two members of our team on CHQR radio in Calgary

Guests Gregory John - Vice President of Indigenous Relations for Reconciliation Pipeline and Liana Wolf Leg - Manager of Indigenous Youth Engagement

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An interview our Executive Chair & Founder did with BNN Bloomberg news

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.

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Executive Chair & Founder Delbert Wapass speaks with Global-TV about Project Reconciliation

Indigenous groups from across western Canada say they are nearly ready to put forward an offer to buy the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.

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Our VP of Indigenous Relations spoke about the growing support for Project Reconciliation

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.

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A business magazine in Victoria spoke with our B.C. Director about the project’s benefits

There are as many as half a dozen Indigenous groups interested in an equity stake in the Trans Mountain pipeline and its expansion project from Alberta to the coast, and Shane Gottfriedson wants his bid to emerge as the winner.

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Our B.C. Director visited the B.C. Legislature to promote a Reconciliation pipeline

An Indigenous-led pro-pipeline group made its pitch in the B.C. Legislature Wednesday for a majority stake in the Trans Mountain pipeline.

The group, which calls itself Project Reconciliation, was represented by Shane Gottfriedson, the former chief of the Tk'emlups First Nation in Kamloops, who is the B.C. director of the group.

"It is high time that First Nations look at economic sovereignty, look at economic reconciliation," said Gottfriedson at the legislature.

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First Nations group within 'striking distance' of making Trans Mountain bid

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.

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