Published in the Edmonton Journal on Wednesday, August 21st:
Indigenous Ownership Of TMX is a Win-Win-Win
"..... Section 35 of our Constitution legally requires us to respect current and future Aboriginal and treaty rights. In practice, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled this creates a duty on the federal government to consult First Nations whose lands and rights are affected by a project and accommodate their concerns. This duty is most important where treaties have not yet been concluded.
Most of B.C. is not covered by treaties with First Nations. The modern treaty process in B.C. has resulted in the successful conclusion of only the Nisga’a Treaty.
There is no constitutional override of Section 35.
ownership of TMX would help meet this legal obligation, advance reconciliation and achieve other important goals for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. These include job creation, genuine empowerment of Indigenous communities, improved safety and government program support.
New projects based on new ways of thinking will lead to a brighter future for Canada. Indigenous people will achieve economic independence and self-determination. Overcoming pipeline gridlock will boost our oil and gas industry. Sending our resources to higher-priced international markets delivers self-evident benefits to all Canadians.
All of this further strengthens the social and economic bonds that unite this great country.
Indigenous majority ownership of TMX will be a win-win-win."
You can read the full opinion piece HERE.