Some that followed LNG on the west coast would know that the tribe the Lax Kw' Alaams were funded by Tides ($28m - via U.S. donations) a few years ago to block the Petronas bid to build a LNG plant, that would have been the first LNG plant in BC..
The tribe followed thru on "no" to the plant in 2015 and with that Petronas packed up and left, no second offer. Poof $1b which the tribe would have received was gone.
Seems the band learned a lesson from that and new leadership has emerged. Different tone now a days, this band had members advocating for an oil pipeline (Eagle Spirit Energy) to the west coast since that "no" , Trudeau nixed that by banning tankers in the area. Sankey is popular on Twitter, a member of that same tribe, common sense guy who wants to see partnerships with energy and mining firms.
Chris Sankey, Special
to National Post
Aug 15, 2022
Over the last seven years, I have had to take a long look in
the mirror. As an Indigenous person, I ask myself, “What do I aspire to be?
What do I want for my family? What do I want for my children and my
grandchildren?” The troubling policies brought forth by Canada’s Liberal
government have infuriated me. I am now genuinely worried for my children’s
A child should have a safe place to grow up and be free to
dream. In the current political environment, however, it has become
increasingly difficult to see myself, my family and my children’s dreams become
I would like to dispel the divisive and ignorant presumption
that conservatives are against Indigenous values because they support
pipelines. In fact, support for responsible resource development is widely held
across Indigenous communities.
We are supposed to be headed down a path of reconciliation.
But for many on the left, including the federal government, the only valid
reconciliation is that which adheres to their woke narrative. We are living
with a Liberal government that is hell-bent on emphasizing ideology over
practical, real-world solutions. That is why I am voting for the Conservative
Party of Canada (CPC) in the next election.
The conservative movement believes in putting the future
back into the hands of families and communities. CPC leadership candidate
Pierre Poilievre’s promise to get out of the way of First Nations so they can
have “control of their own lands and their money” in order to promote economic
prosperity is a message I can relate to. After all, I spend most of my time
helping Indigenous communities find a balance of economic opportunities and
Conservatives put their heads down and get to work. They
don’t waste time talking about feelings. They see an issue and seek to solve
it. And they are offering solutions that differ from the failed policies of the
Historically, there have been many government policies,
instituted by both parties, that have harmed Indigenous people. But as with all
things, time heals all wounds and people change. So does policy. People always want
to associate the CPC with Sir John A. MacDonald, because his governments
launched the residential schools. The boarding schools were not mandatory at
the time, but became compulsory years after his death.
Both parties have bad track records in dealing with First
Nations. Indian agents had dictatorial powers over our people and our reserves.
Oftentimes, those powers were abused. But surely John A. Macdonald could not be
in all places at all times, holding all government officials to account. In
fact, he was oddly more progressive on Indigenous policy than many of his
On the eve of the North-West Rebellion of 1885, Macdonald
proposed to extend voting rights to Indigenous people — a measure that Canada
wouldn’t adopt until 1960. “I hope to see some day the Indian race represented
by one of themselves on the floor of the House of Commons,” he wrote to Peter
Jones, a Mississauga Ojibwa chief and a personal friend of the prime minister’s.
Liberal MP David Mills ridiculed the policy, arguing that it would allow
Indians to “go from a scalping party to the polls.” Ultimately, Macdonald was
able to enfranchise some Indigenous-Canadians, a right that was later taken
away by the Liberal government of Prime Minister Wilfrid Laurier.
Under Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, the Liberals opened new
residential schools, while pushing a white paper that threatened to eliminate
Indian status. Why aren’t Canadians tearing down and cancelling his statues and
removing his name from streets and buildings?
The Conservative voting base shares a lot in common with
most Indigenous people. They both love to hunt, fish, trap, look after the
land, farm and work in the trades. We are about family and community and we
value traditions. We work for a living. More importantly, we are already
working together, especially in remote communities and northern work camps.
Indeed, many people in the private sector vote Conservative because they
believe in free enterprise. They are the ones who employ many of our friends,
families and communities.
I have had the privilege of working alongside many
individuals from all political parties. There is one thing that jumps out: we
rely on each other to make ends meet in our northern communities. But it is
common for Indigenous people in Alberta, Saskatchewan and northern British
Columbia to vote Conservative, with the exception of the North Coast and Haida
Gwaii in B.C., which tend to vote NDP.
However, in recent election cycles, in the B.C. riding of
Skeena — Bulkley Valley, the Conservatives lost to the NDP by much slimmer
margins than they have in the past. Does that make northerners and Indigenous
people alike racists? I think not. I have given the shirt off my back to help people
any way I can, regardless of race. I am not a sellout. I am human.
Indigenous people were entrepreneurs long before the word
existed. We bartered and traded with our neighbours through a corridor we
called “grease trails.” That is the Indigenous way, and it aligns with
conservative values. So why would we wait on the government to build a brighter
future for us? Why would we wait for a government cheque when we are more than
capable of bringing in revenues on our own?
The conservative movement aligns with my values: less
government, more free thinking and the ability to dream big. It is for my
children, family, community and, more importantly, for future generations that
I am going to vote for the Conservative Party of Canada in the next election.
Chris Sankey is a
former elected councillor for the Lax Kw’ Alaams Band and a business leader.