‘Killing energy projects only hurts ‘First Nations’

“The right of ‘First Nations’ to question resource development is not the same as a right to veto much-needed projects.

“‘Energy East’ would be good for New Brunswick, a province that struggles economically. The project would boost the province’s gross domestic product by $6.5 billion, add $850 million in tax revenue and create 3,800 good-paying jobs during the construction phase.

“But its future is in doubt. 

“‘Indigenous’ Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett recently removed Canada’s objector status to the UNDR‘I’P. The previous Conservative government objected to parts of the declaration that they {correctly} argued interfered with Canada’s Constitution and court rulings.

{‘Embracing the U.N. at Canada’s Expense’ {June 4, 2016}:
https://endracebasedlaw.wordpress.com/2016/06/04/embracing-the-u-n-at-canadas-expense/ ERBLEmbracingtheU.N.atCanada'sExpense600x600

Hopefully, the new Liberal government realizes the radical implications of fully supporting UNDR‘I’P, even after criticizing the Conservative government for its guarded support.

“Ron Tremblay, Grand Chief of the ‘Wolastoq Grand Council’ in New Brunswick, said he believes Canada’s adoption of the ‘United Nations Declaration on the Rights of ‘Indigenous’ Peoples’ (UNDR‘I’P) gives ‘First Nation’ communities ‘veto power’ over natural resource projects – including TransCanada’s Energy East’ pipeline, which would transport oil from Alberta to New Brunswick. The $15.7-billion, 4,600-km project would deliver 1.1 million barrels a of crude oil daily to Canad’a’s largest refinery and an export terminal in Saint John.

“As the ‘National Energy Board’ has launched its two-year review of the ‘Energy East’ pipeline, more ‘indigenous’ leaders are declaring their opposition. The Assembly of ‘First Nations’ of Quebec and Labrador’ passed resolutions condemning the project and the regulatory process.

{‘Race-Based Control Of Resources?’ {June 25, 2016}:
https://endracebasedlaw.wordpress.com/2016/06/25/race-based-control-of-resources/ ERBLRace-BasedControlOfResources600x600

“The organization highlighted UNDR‘I’P’s declaration that ‘indigenous’ communities have a right to “free, prior and informed consent” on natural resource projects affecting their traditional territories.

“Until now, Canadian courts have granted ‘indigenous’ communities clear rights to be ‘consulted and accommodated’ on resource projects, but have shied away from actual veto power. Supporters of UNDR‘I’P, including some legal scholars, contend that fully implementing the declaration would give these communities effective veto.

“Granting a veto would be a recipe for extensive gridlock for projects and present significant challenges for energy development in our country {And would open the door to a backlash that would produce social upheaval…}. A veto would also send wrong signals when investors ‘are already working’ {‘have already been forced to work’} with ‘First Nations’.

{‘Defying Canada’ (Resources ‘Veto’) {May 30, 2016}:
https://endracebasedlaw.wordpress.com/2016/05/30/defying-canada/ ERBLDefyingCanada600x600

“Thanks to a series of {Aboriginal Industry} court rulings, resource companies know that early and ongoing engagement with ‘indigenous’ communities is essential to getting projects off the ground {Court-ordered structural racism is now embedded in government policy…}.

“Courts have found {some} governments and corporations ‘negligent’ in not ‘consulting and/or accommodating’ ‘indigenous’ communities. So ‘indigenous’ communities can stop projects while legal issues get sorted out, sometimes leading business to the rethink their viability. But when projects are halted, ‘First Nations’ communities are {deservedly} left without benefits {Although by then, they’ve often been paid millions for nothing…}.

“‘First Nation’ communities already deeply influence {‘interfere with’} how projects come together. According to the ‘Globe and Mail’, ‘TransCanada’ has said that as a result of detailed feedback from ‘First Nation’ and other communities, it has made about 700 route changes. ‘TransCanada’ has engaged with 166 ‘indigenous’ communities along the route.

“Canada’s regulatory processes have tried to address ‘indigenous’ concerns about resource projects, including pipelines. National Chief Perry Bellegarde of the ‘Assembly of ‘First Nations’ has said:

“We want job creation and wealth creation, but not at the expense of hurting the land and the water.”

“But this legitimate concern is properly dealt with through stringent environmental assessment processes. Moreover, pipelines are the safest means of transporting crude oil.

“‘First Nations’ across Canada benefit from natural resource development. A whole class of ‘First Nation’ and Metis entrepreneurs have grown around the resource industry.

“In response to vocal ‘indigenous’ resistance to pipelines, the ‘Indian Resource Council’, an organization representing aboriginal communities supportive of the oil and gas industries, has tried to have its voice heard. The group stresses how aboriginal communities linked to the energy economy are suffering due to the drop in oil prices.

{‘Pro-Oil ‘First Nations’ On The Offensive’ {June 26, 2016}:
https://endracebasedlawcanadanews.wordpress.com/2016/06/26/pro-oil-first-nations-on-the-offensive/

APTN
APTN

“Ken Coates, a researcher at the ‘University of Saskatchewan’, recently released a report for the council underlining how aboriginal communities are big players in energy and minerals development.
{Warning: This is an advocacy blueprint for the race based division of revenues from Canada’s resources, with an unearned mandatory ‘piece of the action’ for only one race: http://www.irccanada.ca/sites/default/files/First%20Nations%20Engagement%20in%20the%20Energy%20Sector%20in%20Western%20Canada.pdf }

“‘First Nations’, he said, benefit from billions of dollars in trust funds from resource development. Hundreds of aboriginal development corporations across Canada employ ‘indigenous peoples’ in this sector. Resource development means jobs and opportunities.

“Rather than toy with a destabilizing veto {There is no ‘toying’ necessary. The Supreme Court has already ruled that there is NO veto…}, Ottawa must work with ‘First Nations’ on ensuring ‘indigenous’ communities get maximum benefit from development – including ownership stakes {But this is simply racial extortion. Most of this development is on land ALREADY CEDED BY TREATY. While we would encourage companies to employ local people, any attempt to force them to hire based on race is racist and therefore, unacceptable…}.

“Bands, in turn, should look to partner with resource companies, not kill projects that benefit all Canadians.”

–‘Killing energy projects only hurts ‘First Nations’,
Joseph Quesnel, BOE Report (Troy Media), July 6, 2016
(Joseph Quesnel is a research fellow with the ‘Atlantic Institute for Market Studies’)

Main IMAGE: SARAH A. MILLER — AP

http://boereport.com/2016/07/06/killing-energy-projects-only-hurts-first-nations/ 

PHOTO: Phil Faith
PHOTO: Phil Faith

See also:
‘Court kills Northern Gateway pipeline’ {July 2, 2016}:
https://endracebasedlawcanadanews.wordpress.com/2016/07/03/court-kills-northern-gateway-pipeline/

‘What Else Is New?’ (Impeding Resource Development) {June 21, 2016}:
https://endracebasedlawcanadanews.wordpress.com/2016/06/21/what-else-is-new/

‘Aboriginal Support For Gas Pipelines’ (B.C./WP) {April 16, 2016}:
https://endracebasedlawcanadanews.wordpress.com/2016/04/17/aboriginal-support-for-gas-pipelines/

‘Chiefs Facing Off Over Pipelines’ {January 10, 2015}:
https://www.facebook.com/ENDRACEBASEDLAW/photos/a.336196793149227.59519.332982123470694/584788621623375/?type=1

‘Nisga’a Support LNG Pipeline’ {November 22, 2014}:
https://www.facebook.com/ENDRACEBASEDLAW/photos/a.336196793149227.59519.332982123470694/563981217037449/?type=1
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