Bands Offered Help For Oil And Gas Ventures

Monday, May 28, 2007 at 14:34



A new resource is being offered to Saskatchewan First Nations wanting to get involved in the oil and gas industry.


The Indian Resource Council has been around since the mid-1980s to offer advice to bands about the oil patch and energy sector.


Last week, the group announced it has opened a satellite office in Saskatoon.


Board member Bernard Shepherd says the oil business can be an intimidating one for groups with no prior experience in it, and that’s why the service is needed.


Shepherd says his group acts as a liaison between First Nations and oil companies.


He says that can mean setting up meet-and-greet sessions or even helping bands set up their own energy companies.