There are a lot of First Nations groups all over British Columbia working towards creating jobs and wealth in the resource sectors. Apparently from what we have heard this is not one of them. All to often we hear “over 200 British Columbia First Nation Chiefs and representatives came together.” nobody talks about who paid the bill for at least 200 people from all over the province, who paid for food accommodation and travel expenses?
Also hidden from the public is how many environmentalists were here as speakers or organizers?
Oddly we have a Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs already and it was not them who met to create this group in Prince George. Most of the bands in British Columbia have elected chiefs, while hereditary chiefs claim these people are puppets of the goverment.
Environmentalists will tell you elected band chiefs have no authority, when they support resource sector jobs, then worship the First nations elected chiefs who support their agenda.
We have seen or read statements that British Columbia has as many as 205 bands while other reports more reliable reports say there are only 199 bands.
How many of those were hereditary chiefs and how many were past or presently elected chiefs remains hidden from the public, it also begs the question of of changing chiefs as elections must be held every two years. So its highly unlikely that the membership remained the same, even more improbable is that they all maintained the same opinions. The leaves the question of who decides what in light of the ever changing membership.
Regardless, if you speak to those who are working to build a future in the resource sector of British Columbia, they say these environmentalist groups do not represent them.
Here is an example of one year after the creation of this group. Radical environmentalists are often behind and or are creating and funding these mouthpieces.
“Helin said Ottawa brought about this proposed oil tanker ban in part because it is kowtowing to self-described anti-pipeline “leaders” who are “on the payroll of environmental groups.”
“Unfortunately, because there’s literally no employment in our community, that’s how some people remain employed,” Helin said, referring to individuals he claims are falsely presenting themselves as First Nations leaders to politicians and the media to advocate against natural resources development. “