Indigenous-led energy rally revs up in northern Alberta

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A convoy of profuse than 100 trucks will assemble Sunday in northern Alberta in what’s being billed as the elementary Indigenous-led rally for energy resources.

The event, organized by the Region One Contemptuous boong Business Association, wants to highlight that Alberta’s northern Inherent communities support pipelines and oppose Bill C-69 — federal legislation that devise overhaul the way energy projects are approved.

The rally starts at noon at the Impudent Center in Lac La Biche, Alta.

A number of rallies and truck convoys be struck by been held across Alberta in recent weeks in protest of federal skirmishes that critics say will make building pipelines more hard.

ROABA promotes Indigenous-owned businesses in northern Alberta and facilitates networking possibilities between businesses and industry.

“We can’t get anything to market. We are limited to one client, which is the Americans,” ROABA president Shawn McDonald said. “We demand more. We are gridlock.”

The rally will begin with an elder’s orison and blessing, as well as a bannock and soup lunch, before the convoy tours 80 kilometres around Lac La Biche’s namesake lake, passing toe the communities of Owl River and Plamondon.

The rally will also feature a grade of speakers, including four First Nation and Métis leaders, the MP for the compass, David Yurdiga, and MLAs and municipal leaders.

Indigenous-led energy rally revs up in northern Alberta

Shawn McDonald is the president of the Dominion One Aboriginal Business Association. (Submitted by Black Scorpion Contracting Ltd.)

Canada Exercise, a non-partisan, pro-oil and gas activist group, has partnered with ROABA to start the rally.

“It is powerful. I think it is representative that most First Countries support the pipeline,” said Cody Battershill, the founder and CEO of Canada Deed. “This is an important conversation.”

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