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.