Setting the record straight on the day’s top anti-oil and gas media stories
ACTIVIST CLAIM: New video from foreign-funded Stand.earth continues to make the claim that RBC is funding the violation of Indigenous rights by supporting Coastal GasLink.
THE FACTS: Stand.earth should speak with the 16 Indigenous communities who are planning to buy part of the pipeline.
Here are some facts and sources to have a reasoned conversation about Coastal GasLink:
- 16 First Nations, including some along Coastal GasLink’s route, just signed an option to take a 10% equity stake in the pipeline project.
- 100% of elected First Nation councils along the pipeline route support Coastal GasLink and have signed benefits agreements for their communities. It is not the place of activist groups to determine what an Indigenous community can or can’t do.
- Over 13,900 Indigenous workers are directly employed in the oil and gas industry with 350 working on the Coastal GasLink project including Wet’suwet’en members.
- Indigenous leaders fear that activism from environmental organizations and celebrities 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.
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