Energy projects fuel tension between Trudeau and First Nations

Experts say approving mega-projects without First Nations consent creates economic uncertainty and hinders reconciliation.

Toward Reconciliation is a hub of sustained, forward-looking journalism about how governments, institutions, communities and individuals are responding to the challenges of reconciliation in Canada. Through our Investigations, we track governments’ and institutions’ pledges to change and hold them to account. We also share stories of communities and individuals who are working on solutions. Learn more about the project.

Discourse Media asked individuals what reconciliation means to them, and what needs to happen to make it a reality in their own communities. Explore First Person for their stories, in their own words, and contribute your own.

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Norman Moraes, Prince Rupert, B.C., member of Lax Kw'alaams

“There are two factions [in our community]. There are those that want jobs and progression that aren’t worried about the environment. And then there are those that want jobs and progression, but they also want a safe environment. I’d just like the world to know that there are two different sides to this story… If you look around, we have such a beautiful environment, why don’t we just capitalize on tourism? We could have tourism and it’s not going to kill our environment. If anything it’s showing off our environment.”

In the course of our reporting, we are gathering data and background resources that we want to share. We hope this information can help individuals better understand their communities, as well as support journalists in our shared goal of improving how Canadian media cover reconciliation and represent Indigenous perspectives. Explore Deep Dive for data interactives, infographics and research briefs you can use.

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