December 13, 2018

First Nations CEO: Anti-pipeline environmentalists have “hijacked” Canadian native groups

Keean BexteRebel Contributor

We don’t often get to hear their side of the story: Not only is there a contingent of First Nations who strongly support Alberta’s oil and gas industry, but a collaborative project between First Nations might see a pipeline built to tidewater.

The Eagle Spirit pipeline is in the early stages right now, and the main roadblock is Justin Trudeau.

I caught up with Stephen Buffalo, the President/CEO of the Indian Resource Council, and askedhim why First Nations wanted to spearhead a project like this. He said he wants to see people working instead of living on handouts.

Like most pipelines trying to get Alberta resources to market, there are significant roadblocks. The way the mainstream media portrays it, it seems the most common one is First Nations people. Obviously, that isn’t the case here, so what is it?

If I recall correctly, one of the pillars holding bill C-48 up was that First Nations groups were opposing all tanker traffic. Since that is not the case, who is Trudeau trying to help with this tanker ban?

What Stephen Buffalo said — that some people have been "hijacked" — is interesting to hear from the horse’s mouth, because it has been corroborated by Vivian Krause, who has been writing about foreign funding and the manipulation of public attitudes in Canada. 

What really took me as a surprise is that he talked about pipeline "sabotage" by environmental activists. In a world where left-wing protest is more violent than ever, it is something that Canada needs to look out for.

The fate of the Eagle Spirit pipeline hangs in the balance, and from the sounds of it, there are only two opponents:

Justin Trudeau, and foreign-funded activists. Are Albertans, including the First Nations people in Alberta, going to let outside forces determine their future? We will have to wait and see.

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commented 2018-12-13 19:10:16 -0500
The government has to keep its underclass, in fact they are actively growing it. Its pathetic.
commented 2018-12-13 17:29:21 -0500
Eldon, I swear that if Justin starts pulling this totalitarian codswallop he has just signed us onto, I will help man which ever border decides to be the last stand between the west and Ottawa. It may be the only way to save the country. I’m serious. Or maybe we could build a wall around Ontario. One way or another Ottawa has to understand that the country does not want to live under his globalist vision for the nation, that would indeed turn us into a post national state.
commented 2018-12-13 17:21:27 -0500
“I don’t buy into the premise that Aboriginals should have any more say in resource development than any other ethnic group”. I wouldn’t argue with that statement, William. I could not agree more. Now we have to convince the government to treat everyone equally, no identity groups or special treatment. Until then, we need to find some way to work with first nations who want some economic benefit from sweat equity instead of a handout so we can get some pipelines built.

I don’t know much about the IRC, but it seems to me that they are not the ‘bad guy’ in this and are trying to work within the existing system.
commented 2018-12-13 15:52:58 -0500
I personally see no downside to a Western Canadian Republic. Free to chart our own destiny.
commented 2018-12-13 15:40:22 -0500
Search in vain IRC’s website for financials. They 17 “chiefs” claiming to represent 130 reserves. These 17 pick 6 board members and one co-chair who exercise some vague “co-management” of IOGC which is clearly an Aboriginal Affairs subsidiary. IRC Chair, Chief Walking Eagle of the Thunderchild Res scrapes by on a paltry $189,000 a year from the Feds (plus tips). The IRC doesn’t seem to do anything at all other than hire white profs to write Aboriginal supremacist tracts.
I don’t buy into the premise that Aboriginals should have any more say in resource development than any other ethnic group. Should Scottish-Canadians or Vietnamese-Canadians be consulted (i.e. bribed) before pipelines are built?
commented 2018-12-13 14:36:41 -0500
We will need a little more ‘global warming’ for that route to be much good except for a very short season, don’t you think Andrew? It would be a good alternative otherwise.
commented 2018-12-13 14:20:28 -0500
When are we going to wise up and ship oil to Churchill Manitoba? Cut off all pipelines coming out of BC through Alberta and shut the valves and welfare transfer payments to the east, they prefer Sharia Blood Oil anyways.
commented 2018-12-13 14:18:51 -0500
A prosperous native band is a benefit for the whole country, when they take pride in themselves and their communities a lot of problems will fade away. It will have to come from within not American/outside influences
commented 2018-12-13 13:18:25 -0500
You’re absolutely right Liza… Some of the coastal chiefs have obviously been “bought” including that little Chief “Rain In The Face” who was always there for the cameras during the Burnaby Mountain protests, but was nowhere to be seen when that pretend “village” was torn down….
commented 2018-12-13 13:02:00 -0500
West coast has been bought and paid for by American interest groups, Horgan and Weaver filling their pockets pushing LNG. Alberta will get no help from those idiots, natives are our resource sectors only hope in BC. Maybe if I start smoking weed things will look better.
commented 2018-12-13 12:53:35 -0500
Canada’s First Nations are the Democrats Blacks. They are used and abused. Kept on the government teat so that they can be controlled. The only winners are the Chiefs, whose pockets are lined for co operation. What does or does not filter down to the band members depends on the honesty or greed of the Chief. What stance they have on resource development also depends on how vulnerable their band leaders are to the lazy mans greed - payouts, either by the government or foreign linked interference.
commented 2018-12-13 12:43:34 -0500
What makes you say it is an attempt to put an aboriginal mask on the Indian Oil and Gas Corporation ( a gov entity).
commented 2018-12-13 12:40:08 -0500
William Kay, I’m not sure if that is a fair representation of the IRC. Don’t you have the IRC mixed up with the IOGC, Indian Oil and Gas Canada?
The IRC says they are a watchdog OVER the IOGC , which is a part of gov. Canada. The IRC opposed Bill C-69, a bill that meant more assessments and regulations which hamper their ability to function The IRC, Indian Resource Canada is an advocate and representative body for First Nations oil and gas producers, not a government body.

“The management and development of our resources is important for the socio-economic development and well being of our people.”
commented 2018-12-13 11:28:30 -0500
Far better for Junior to keep the First Nations on the Liberal Reservation where they will continue to be dependant and vote Liberal.
commented 2018-12-13 11:28:26 -0500
The third reason for the killing off of our oil industry is Gerald Butts, the puppet master of dumber than a quart of oil Baby Doc Trudeau.

I just realised that there is a master plan: bankrupt the country and then install a socialist/communist government to “save” the nation. With our idiot PM, that isn’t so far fetched.
commented 2018-12-13 11:02:44 -0500
Little Chief Full-of-Bull has heep big splaining to do to First Nation Canadians who are being wrongfully deprived of a living due to the catastrophic man made global warming hoax.
commented 2018-12-13 10:37:06 -0500
Good reporting by Bexte. Three problems.
1. The Indian Resource Council (IRC) was invented by the Federal Government to place an aboriginal mask on the Indian Oil and Gas Corporation – a wholly government-owned entity run by non-natives in Ottawa.
2. IRC reps speak of fully-ceded Treaty territory as though it was still “their” land.
3. Vivian Krause cherry-picks data to fit her ever-shifting anti-American conspiracy theories. Yes, there is foreign funding of Canadian enviro-groups but most of their money comes from Canadians, especially wealthy Central Canadians.
commented 2018-12-13 10:33:24 -0500
I wish I could say you are wrong Deborah but you are absolutely right,I’m just so frustrated that we haven’t taken the fight to them yet,when will Canada have a light bulb moment?
commented 2018-12-13 10:16:03 -0500
You have to wait for desperation to set in, and then you will see the type of reaction that you are expecting. Don’t think that people aren’t awake and aware of what the traitors in our midst are up to. Meanwhile be prepared, because the globalists are going to shut off the money and the food chain. The crash in 2008 was just a trial run, but they plan on utterly destroying capitalism and are in the process of stealing the wealth of individuals. Stock up on all the necessities needed for survival to help yourselves and others. We have been living in the land of plenty for a long, long time. We will be fighting for our very lives soon!
commented 2018-12-13 09:33:31 -0500
I can’t believe how we are just sitting back and watching this happen,Trudeau and his foreign funded rats need push back and in a big way.He is systematically gutting Alberta and he does it unobstructed. I really don’t think these small scale protests are going to do a damn thing,we need something on a larger scale to make him at least stop and think twice. Right now Trudeau is laughing at us,we need a yellow vest movement with teeth,I don’t trust any politician of any political stripe anymore,they definitely don’t have our best interests at heart. No one in this land seems to have the authority to put a stop to these foreign funded groups,but then again how many of these politicians have been bought!I have asked this over and over,how much more of this are we going to take.
commented 2018-12-13 09:10:36 -0500
The tanker ban is only to keep Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and all first nations down, turdo cant even get clean water on reserves. Cant seem to build sewage treatment plants either. No problem with carbon tax free Saudi oil and non-tax paying oil tankers in the ST.Lawrence bringing in 80,000 barrels a day in tankers for Eastern fuel. Government approved raw sewage dumps and oil tankers, could it possibly be this is why the whales are becoming endangered.
Only the elites are allowed to move oil in Canada and pay no taxed.