Build trust and reconciliation with First Nations to break impasse: report

VANCOUVER – Trust and reconciliation must be built between governments and First Nations as Canada aims to boost energy exports through major pipeline projects in the western provinces, says a new report.

Most First Nations communities in B.C. and Alberta see the value and economic opportunity in energy developments but they want the work to be done in an environmentally sustainable way that acknowledges their rights, said the report released Thursday by Vancouver lawyer Doug Eyford.

Industries understand the necessity of working with aboriginal communities but the federal government needs to address matters beyond specific projects, he said in the report.

Eyford, who was appointed as the federal government’s envoy to tackle First Nations pipeline concerns in Western Canada, made several recommendations, including that Ottawa undertake a “principled” dialogue with aborginals about resource development.

“My view, and the recommendation I’ve made, is that there’s an opportunity for governments to engage either through formal consultations or otherwise through the process of relationship building with First Nations communities outside of consultation processes,” Eyford said after releasing his report.

“It’s clear, however, that progress will only occur if the constitutionally protected rights of aboriginal Canadians are taken into account in project development,” said Eyford, who is also the federal government’s chief negotiator on comprehensive land claims.

The report also recommends that aboriginal leaders undertake strategic planning to help them take advantage of the employment and business opportunities the projects represent.

Several major energy projects are proposed in B.C., including the Northern Gateway pipeline and a proposal by Kinder Morgan to almost triple the capacity of it existing Trans Mountain pipeline delivering Alberta oil to B.C. ports for export.

Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver said Eyford listened to aboriginal communities and conveyed what he heard in his report and recommendations.

“We will listen to what they said through this report as well. The whole point of the prime minister’s appointment of Mr. Eyford was to advance our thinking and to build a constructive relationship.”




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Build trust and reconciliation with First Nations to break impasse: report

  1. Today I met my old native friend at the store..
    That guy!.. I “swear” he must be a chief, and a shaman, and a great spirit, and everything else, all rolled-up into one.. Everything he says “totally knocks my socks off”.. It’s always a “trip” meeting him…

    Were standing there, buying the same things.. He says “I’ve got sum kimshee”..
    “no thanks bro, I’m driving.. Why you calls it kimshee..?”
    “Kimshee mean “I Belong”..
    “Explain kimshee in shaman tongue..”
    “Ok, But you might want be sitting”..
    “I’m good”.. [and I'm glancing around for something to hold onto just in case..]
    “Kimshee mean I belong to planet, planet belong to me…
    It mean she love me more than I love her..
    It mean I feel home on the planet.. It mean I am home.. It mean I am this land..
    It mean the planet is my mother my home my life my happiness..
    Kimshee mean I am her good son…

    In darkside of kimshee, it mean “the whiteman came to our land to burn our houses, to murder our fathers brothers and sons, to rape our mothers sisters daughters, and horses, to steal our lands, to burn our food, to poison our water land and sky, to push us into dumps so he could use our land his way uncontested.. Whiteman took our home away and made it into a dump…
    Kimshee make you feel little bit like you are home now for little while.. Kimshee make you forget the dump for a day.. Whiteman even took that away by saying it wrong and bad and against the whiteman’s crazy laws to feel home.. Whiteman say we must live by his crazy laws to keep him happy and not angry and not mean and not brutal at us.. Whiteman say it illegal to feel home.. Whiteman took home in the head away too.. When will whiteman stop hurting stop hating stop killing everything all the time everywhere in our land..?” It too late to deport the whiteman.. Whiteman need learn to love the dirt and love the water and love the first people, and learn to love all people.. or too soon yesterday there will be no people..”

    Uhuhummm.. You were right.. I Should have been sitting, your majesty..” He laughed and laughed and we laughed and we laughed to tears.. People are glaring at us “like laughing is Illegal”..
    He said, you feel it?..”
    “I, yep!..”
    “The whiteman has even made all living and loving and happiness illegal too”.. The whiteman brought his king’s hell with him from across the ocean…

    “Me thinks I’ll just sit on these here pepsi cases awhile, till I knows how to walk again my friend..” And we laughed more tears.. I looked all around us in the store.. It looked like people were calling the police on their cellphones to report our heinous‎ crime of “laughing in public”..
    “You’ve been into the kimshee, yes?”..
    Just enough to feel home and take the sting out of living with the whiteman…
    “We should split before the anti-laughter swat team arrives, my brother..”
    “agreed.. We meet again 22-moons..”

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