Setting the record straight on the day’s top anti-oil and gas media stories
ACTIVIST CLAIM: Greenpeace Canada again exploits the deaths of Indigenous kids to use First Nations’ tragedy for their climate cause. Many First Nations leaders label this ‘eco-colonialism’ and a step backward for on-reserve poverty and say they do not need ENGOs telling them how to protect their land.
THE FACTS: Indigenous communities are looking for reconcili-action, not cynical gestures amounting to eco-colonialism. The ability to be respectfully included in resource projects promotes reconciliation, gives First Nation’s control over protecting the land, and helps end on-reserve poverty.
Here are some talking points and sources to have a reasonable conversation about Indigenous participation in the natural resource sector:
- The natural resource industry brings high employment income for Indigenous people. Those who work in oil and gas extraction and pipeline transportation can expect a median income of $144,034 and $142,883 respectively
- The natural resource sector employs more Indigenous people than any other sector. According to PetroLMI, 13,900 self-identified Indigenous Peoples were directly employed in the oil and gas industry, a rise of 26% from 2014.
- Many Indigenous groups are forming joint partnerships with the oil and gas industry because they want to ensure positive benefits for their communities, fight on-reserve poverty, and retain the ability to protect their own land.
- 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. Indigenous leaders are calling for groups like Greenpeace Canada to let them speak for themselves.
Stories that get it right
In another milestone for Coastal GasLink, the natural gas pipeline project has hit its halfway mark. The project has signed agreements with all 20 Indigenous communities along its path. It has also employed more than 350 Indigenous workers.