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CanadaIndigenous group leads northern Alberta rally in support of energy industry

09:11  11 february  2019
09:11  11 february  2019 Source:   globalnews.ca

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Indigenous group leads northern Alberta rally in support of energy industry © Albert Delitala, Global News A pro-pipeline rally was held in Lac La Biche, Alta. Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019.

A rally and truck convoy was held in Lac La Biche on Sunday, in support of Alberta's energy industry.

"We need things to change and we want to see our economy come back. In this area, we are so dependent on oil and gas. It's a big part of all of our communities here," said Lucille Chisan with the Region One Aboriginal Business Association, which organized the rally.

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Chisa said the event was one of the first Indigenous-led rallies in support of the oil gas industry. The "Rally 4 Resources" was organized to show that there are members of the Indigenous community in support of pipelines and the province's energy industry.

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Organizers called on all levels of government to help create larger markets for the industry, including more pipeline development.

Those who took part also want to see changes made to Bill C-69, a federal bill introduced in February 2018 that would change how natural resource projects are assessed.

"Oil and gas is a very big industry for us, so we have really been hit hard with the downturn," Chisan said Sunday. "So we felt, as an Aboriginal business association, that we should do something to support our communities, our families and to say that we need to amend Bill C-69."

The legislation would get rid of the National Energy Board, replace it with a Canadian energy regulator, and also create an impact assessment agency to measure how best to mitigate environmental impacts from proposed developments.

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Indigenous-led energy rally revs up in northern Alberta A convoy of more than 100 trucks will assemble Sunday in northern Alberta, in what’s being billed as the first Indigenous-led rally for energy resources. The event organized by the Region One Aboriginal Business Association wants to highlight that Alberta's northern Indigenous communities support for pipelines and oppose Bill C-69, federal legislation that will overhaul the way energy projects are approved. ROABA promotes Indigenous-owned businesses in northern Alberta and facilitates networking opportunities between businesses and industry. "We can't get anything to market.

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It could also lead to confusion and delays over project timelines.

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The Lac La Biche rally started with a traditional dance and drumming circle. A convoy of dozens of trucks then made its way around the northern Alberta community.

"We felt that the rally was a good way to voice our concerns with what's happening out there," Chisan said.

There have been several pro-pipeline rallies and truck convoys throughout Alberta over the past several weeks.

In mid-December, commuter chaos ensued on the Henday following a pro-pipeline rally and convoy that began south of the city hours earlier.

With files from Amanda Connolly and Albert Delitala, Global News.

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