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More than 70 Chiefs gathering for Monday summit on energy development

Don Horne   


More than 70 Chiefs from across Canada who are in favour of energy and natural resource development are planning to attend the 2019 National Coalition of Chiefs Energy and Natural Resource Summit, along with several hundred representatives from Canada’s natural resource industry.

Speakers include Haida Hereditary Chief Roy Jones Jr., Whispering Pines Chief Michael Lebourdais, Peguis Chief Glenn Hudson, Project Reconciliation Executive Chair Delbert Wapass, Lax Kw’alaams Chief John Helin, Suncor CEO Mark Little, CAPP President Tim McMillan, and Canada Action CEO Cody Battershill.

As well, there will be presentations from Chiefs and other Indigenous leaders from across Canada outlining successful industry partnerships, including the growing Indigenous Strong movement.

According to a press release from the National Coalition of Chiefs, the NCC Energy and Natural Resource Summit “is an important opportunity for industry leaders to come together with pro-development First Nation Chiefs and Métis leaders to bridge the gap and work together to get projects going and completed.”


The majority of Canada’s First Nations and Métis communities are engaged in natural resource development in order to generate their own source revenues and create business and employment opportunities for their people.

The NCC Summit seeks to foster “mutually beneficial development with industry as part of the NCC’s overall mandate to defeat on-reserve poverty.”

The launch of Indigenous Strong, a new organization comprised of Indigenous oil and gas workers committed to supporting Canada’s oil and gas industry through public rallies and social media, will take place at 12:15pm on Monday, Nov. 4, at the Grey Eagle Casino and Resort in Calgary, Alta.

The agenda is available here.


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