The cancellation of the Energy East pipeline won’t affect the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN), according to FSIN Chief Bobby Cameron.
“The majority of our First Nations weren’t benefiting and still aren’t benefiting from any pipelines. That’s reality and that’s the truth,” Cameron said.
When it comes to the voices of Indigenous leaders in projects like this, Cameron said they’re drowned out.
“The message is not getting … through to industry, so it’s not going to affect us a great deal,” he said, adding that industry leaders should be approaching Indigenous people — especially since their projects take place on Treaty land.
Cameron noted questions like “How can we invest in your community? How can we ensure the future of your children are going to have a good quality of life through this investment? ” should be asked.
The Energy East pipeline, which was supposed to transport oil from the prairies to refineries on the east coast, was called off by TransCanada on Thursday.