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First Nations must be full partners in a new pipeline review process and rights must be respected, AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde tells Senate Committee
OTTAWA, June 14, 2016 /CNW/ – First Nations must be full partners in the review, decision-making and regulation of pipelines, Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde and Alberta Regional Chief Craig Mackinaw today told the Senate Committee on Transport, calling for an overhaul of the National Energy Board process and the Pipeline Safety Act.
“Canada needs a national energy strategy that involves Indigenous peoples at every step,” said National Chief Bellegarde. “We must make sure Indigenous peoples are involved in the design and delivery of any law or policy to find balance in federal regulation of energy resources.”
Alberta Assembly of First Nations Regional Chief Mackinaw said, “Under the current system, First Nations are treated as bystanders…
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