Setting the record straight on the day’s top anti-oil and gas media stories
ACTIVIST CLAIM: Fringe activists lobby non-Canadian investors to divest from pipeline project citing false claims of human rights violations.
THE FACTS: Real reconciliation requires real action. Coastal GasLink will help end on reserve poverty.
Here are some facts and sources to have a reasoned conversation about Coastal GasLink:
- Activists fail to highlight that 100% of elected First Nation councils support the project and have signed benefits agreements for their communities.
- 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 including the Wet’suwet’en.
- Hereditary Chiefs who support the Coastal GasLink pipeline have been threatened or had their titles stripped.
- Banks supporting the Canadian oil and gas industry means supporting the 13,900+ Indigenous workers directly employed in the oil and gas industry.
- Investing in Canadian oil and gas projects ensures that the global energy supply won’t shift to countries that are less committed to emissions reductions. Divesting from best in the world Canadian oil and gas is bad for the planet.
Divestment vs. Investment | Stop Divestment (sdin.ca)
Stories that get it right
Activists who protest against investment for Coastal GasLink will make it harder for Indigenous entrepreneurs to access capital for future projects. Access to capital remains a major barrier to Indigenous prosperity.