Setting the record straight on the day’s top anti-oil and gas media stories
ACTIVIST CLAIM: Alberta NDP Youth Association passes a motion to support blockades of Coastal GasLink claiming there is no Indigenous Consent.
THE FACTS: Alberta NDP Youth Association supports illegal blockades impeding resource development for Indigenous communities who support Coastal GasLink
Here are some facts and sources to have a reasoned conversation about Coastal GasLink:
- All 20 elected First Nations governments along the corridor, including 5 Wet’suwet’en bands support the pipeline
- Hereditary Chiefs who support the Coastal GasLink pipeline have been threatened or had their titles stripped
- Coastal GasLink has provided a steady stream of employment for Indigenous people in the area. Since January 2020, CGL has employed over 350 Indigenous workers.
- Coastal GasLink has provided over $1 billion in employment and contract opportunities for Indigenous and local businesses.
- Indigenous leaders fear that activism from environmental organizations has become a form of “Eco-Colonialism” where many non-indigenous groups claim to represent Indigenous voices. This happened the entirety of the Coastal GasLink protests in winter 2020.
Stories that get it right
Apart from reducing global emissions, the CGL pipeline has also been a major economic boon to both B.C. and Canada alike. As of October 2020, CGL had awarded $979 million in subcontracts to local B.C businesses, 85 percent ($874 million) of which was to Indigenous-owned businesses. Among these, there are a host of other benefits Canada Action cites as reasons to support CGL!