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May 30th, 2022Committee meeting

Chief Sharleen Gale

Natural Resources committee  I believe that indigenous partners and communities are the key partners in making sure we meet our net-zero goals by 2050. If we're left behind, it's not going to happen.

May 30th, 2022Committee meeting

Chief Sharleen Gale

Natural Resources committee  We definitely want to be part of the solution. We are very innovative and resilient, and we have the expertise in our communities. I feel this is a huge opportunity for this country, and if we want to address climate change meaningfully, we have to ensure indigenous rights and benefits are finally at the forefront of any new development, and—

May 30th, 2022Committee meeting

Chief Sharleen Gale

Natural Resources committee  Was that with regard to jobs? Thank you. When first nations are getting involved in equity positions, along come the jobs. I worked at a gas plant for over 20 years and right now I see a crisis with the baby boomers retiring and the need for us to ensure we have opportunities for youth in the trades, in post-secondary and university.

May 30th, 2022Committee meeting

Chief Sharleen Gale

Natural Resources committee  I would like to get a little bit deeper than caps on production. I think our nation has historically faced the barriers that other first nations also face in participating in their resource development due to the lack of capital. I don't think that any government policy should ever affect any indigenous right to move forward on a project.

May 30th, 2022Committee meeting

Chief Sharleen Gale

Natural Resources committee  Yes, I think you nailed it right there that Canada has the highest standards for environmental leadership when it comes to developing projects. I think we can make that better by allowing first nations to be a part of that through equity, and also including our traditional knowledge with the scientific knowledge.

May 30th, 2022Committee meeting

Chief Sharleen Gale

Natural Resources committee  Thank you. When I look at all of the things that are happening around the country right now, including LNG, geothermal, biomass, battery storage, I see indigenous people leading this transition. We're the biggest owners of these renewable projects, other than municipalities and governments.

May 30th, 2022Committee meeting

Chief Sharleen Gale

Natural Resources committee  We don't have the capacity to make business decisions at the speed of business. That's why the support of the First Nations Major Projects Coalition is so important to indigenous communities, because we provide that capacity to make those informed decisions for free. What Canada and industry have to do is to come see us on day one.

May 30th, 2022Committee meeting

Chief Sharleen Gale

Natural Resources committee  I can start on this one if you like. Yes, we did receive some monies to clean up the oil patch in our backyard. That's what I find so challenging. There's no responsibility from the oil and gas companies to do the right thing. They made billions of dollars from the extraction of resources on our territory.

May 30th, 2022Committee meeting

Chief Sharleen Gale

Natural Resources committee  Thank you. I think one of the other important pieces in this is putting the "I" in “ESG”, so that if people are to get access to our natural resources, they're going to have to consult and work with us. As I said, our members across Canada, who are from coast to coast, from Miawpukek First Nation to the province of British Columbia, are going to need to be meaningfully consulted, and the truest form of consent to us is equity.

May 30th, 2022Committee meeting

Chief Sharleen Gale

Natural Resources committee  Through equity ownership, I see our people not only having labour jobs where they're laid off in the springtime, I see our people being CEOs and on boards of directors, and managers and being able to make decisions in the corporate world. Also, on the ground, I see our people being guardians, land users, hunters, fishers and trappers.

May 30th, 2022Committee meeting

Chief Sharleen Gale

Natural Resources committee  Dale, do you want to go first?

May 30th, 2022Committee meeting

Chief Sharleen Gale

Natural Resources committee  Thank you. I believe when first nations have equity in major projects that are happening in the territories it's the truest form of consent. First nations build projects from the ground, so that includes our land users. When the Indian agent went into our villages to push people to the reserves, not everyone left.

May 30th, 2022Committee meeting

Chief Sharleen Gale

Natural Resources committee  The First Nations Major Projects Coalition is a non-political organization. We're not project specific. The projects we work on ones that are supported by the communities. However, I understand that not every community is fully supportive of LNG, but that goes down with consultation and consent.

May 30th, 2022Committee meeting

Chief Sharleen Gale

Natural Resources committee  Thank you. First, I think it's really important for everyone in the room to know that it is 100% indigenous-owned by the Fort Nelson First Nation. The Fort Nelson First Nation has been involved in oil and gas for over 60 years. Oil and gas is something we all need, as Canadians.

May 30th, 2022Committee meeting

Chief Sharleen Gale