A First Nations chief from the Fort McMurray area is expressing disappointment with opposition from other aboriginal groups to all oilsands and pipeline projects.
Fort McKay First Nation Chief Jim Boucher says it’s naive to think Canada can prosper without a healthy oil and gas industry. Boucher told the Pipeline Gridlock Conference in Calgary those who oppose the energy projects are poorly informed. The conference is hosted by the Indian Resource Council, a group that advocates on behalf of First Nations with energy holdings.
Following his speech, Boucher said he was disappointed with a declaration signed two weeks ago by 50 North American indigenous groups in Quebec and B.C. The document sets out their intention to block all proposed oilsands pipeline, tanker and rail project that could affect First Nations land and water.
Boucher says the oilsands industry has enabled a group of companies owned by the Fort McKay First Nation to bring in more than $2-billion in revenues over the past five years.