As blockades continue, Kenney tells First Nations they should be partners in projects – CBC

by ahnationtalk on February 26, 202057 Views

Alberta premier argues energy projects are important path forward for communities

Feb 26, 2020

As blockades continue to pop up across Canada, disrupting rail and road traffic to protest against the Coastal GasLink pipeline through Wet’suwet’en territory, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney told a conference on Indigenous participation in large projects Wednesday that First Nations are key partners in pushing energy projects forward.

In what has become a common refrain for Kenney, he said “green left militants” are hurting Indigenous communities by removing any potential for economic growth in their territories.

“These people in Toronto and Vancouver who say shut it all down and leave it in the ground, where is their concern?” he said.

Kenney emphasized the Alberta government’s commitment to supporting Indigenous communities financially through its Indigenous Opportunities Corporation, which offers a $1 billion backstop to allow communities to invest in projects.

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