National Chief Perry Bellegarde pushes for National Energy Forum
At a Calgary Chamber luncheon on July 22, in partnership with RESOLVE Campaign, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations Perry Bellegarde highlighted his plan to hold a National Energy Forum in February 2016, following the federal election.
While details about the forum are limited, its aim would be to examine current approaches to natural resource development and improve partnerships between industry and
Canada’s indigenous groups. It would look to build relationships more effectively, and expedite a tiresome and complex resource development consultation process that often results in project delays and misunderstandings.
The National Energy Forum would be a historical step in bringing industry, the private sector, the public sector, First Nations communities, and environmentalists together to find common ground on energy issues.