Have you ever heard of Mike Deranger?
No? In a few moments you’re going to understand why that is a travesty.
Deranger is an indigenous leader in Fort McMurray and the owner of Derantech, a 100 per cent indigenous owned business.
What Derantech does is train indigenous men and women to work in the oil and natural gas industries.
Deranger’s goal is to train 150,000 tradespeople over the coming years to take the high paying jobs that the sector produces.
His broader goal is to develop a national indigenous trades training strategy, using his recruiting, training, and mentoring techniques, which would be implemented across the country, with a special emphasis on isolated northern communities.
For those of us who follow the energy sector and care about indigenous people, Deranger’s work was vital.
After all, the indigenous labor force is in excess of 1.3 million, most of whom live in the West, primarily on the prairies.
They need jobs. They need good paying jobs. They need the kind of jobs that would lift them and their families out of poverty and provide for generations to come.
Those kind of jobs were lost when Teck Resources withdrew its application to construct a $20 billion oilsands mining operation.
Teck Resources had spent the past 10 years working with indigenous communities to secure their partnership. It spent the past 10 years ensuring the operation would meet all environmental regulations.
Yesterday, Teck Resources pulled it’s application, laying the blame squarely at the feet of the Trudeau government which is opposed to all new fossil fuel development.
So today 14 indigenous communities have been denied their opportunity to share in the country’s wealth.
Now, you know nothing about Deranger and you know nothing about the hundreds of indigenous communities who support energy development because the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, whose job it is to inform Canadians about the vital work of Canadians chooses not to tell success stories such as Derantech.
You know nothing about how energy extraction is vital to the future of indigenous communities because the CBC and the rest of the mainstream media choose to tell you about five hereditary chiefs opposed to Coastal GasLinks and not the thousands who support it.
And because of that the ecofascists, the Left, the degrowthers, the phony environmentalists get to tell their story unopposed.
This is the real racism.