First Nations Leader Says Environmentalists Are Perpetuating Poverty In Native Communities

That’s precisely where the green energy crusaders want to keep Natives, says Calvin Helin, an Indigenous leader who is also head of the Eagle Spirit project that opposes the federal Liberal government’s plans to ban oil tankers from sailing off Canada’s Pacific coast.

“These environmentalists are happy to make a park in somebody else’s backyard,” Helin told the Post. “Well, screw that. You are talking about people where there is 90 per cent unemployment.”

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  • Raymond Hietapakka

    …somehow I can’t see them continuing their current lifestyles in a green future unless someone invents solar-powered 50,000 btu heaters, outboards, quads and skidoos….

  • simus1

    Africa is the continent with the world’s greatest share of valuable natural resources, ideal climates for growing crops, and a quickly expanding poverty stricken population.
    Why so poor?
    Item one: It is a continent run much like a gigantic Indian reservation in Canada would be. Oh wait. Isn’t that what Shiny Pony &Co have as one of their prime objectives?

  • BillyHW

    Because it’s 2015 B.C…

  • CodexCoder

    The real issue is personal responsibility and it is true for all cultures, regardless of race. If one does not act responsibly, and one blames others for their own failings, then there is no solution possible. No one wants to assist a whiner.

  • ontario john

    But what about the sacred owl??

    • bob e

      whoo knows ..

  • robins111

    Funny I don’t recall them getting all pissy over the cheques from the enviro-nazi’s and moaning about spirit bears and burial grounds

  • deplorabledave

    Wouldn’t it be nice if this could get some traction.

  • barryjr

    Working in Fort Mac and past experience in NE BC I have seen many natives that have taken advantage of the jobs created by oil and gas. Whole villages have set up their own corporations and created good paying jobs for their residents unlike what most of us envision when we think of reserves. The only way for the residents of these remote villages to better their life is to take advantage of the benefits offered by these developments. The green movement to stop these projects thereby eliminating opportunities creates a group dependent on handouts and a voting block for the Liberals who allegedly have the best interests of the downtrodden at heart. Don’t expect the Liberals to do the wise thing here and open up opportunities for people, political parties are only interested in power which is obtained by keeping their supporters happy.

    • And the green movement not only tries to stop Native participation in the modern economy, but also in their traditional economies. For many years they have protested and attempted to legislate against Native seal hunting, whale hunting, bear hunting, fur trapping, etc.

      • Will Quest

        A simple way to render native seal hunting, whale hunting, bear hunting, fur trapping, etc. culturally acceptable is to render them halal
        with an imam blessing these industries as holy sacrifices to allah & watch the environmentalists’ necks snap to avoid their critical gaze and stop all criticism.

  • But these people end to be glove-in-hand most other times.