Chiefs Discuss Oil With U.S. Politicians

Wednesday, November 04, 2009 at 13:54



A Saskatchewan chief is lobbying the American government to recognize First Nations rights to oil and resources.


Chief Wallace Fox has arrived in Washington, where he and six other western Canadian First Nations chiefs are slated to hold a press conference outlining their concerns.


The Onion Lake leader says two new oil pipelines are under construction right now that will increase Canada’s oil exports to the U.S. to 4.2 million barrels a day.


He says First Nations need to become active players in this arrangement, and he hopes that by bending the ear of American politicians, he can bend the will of the Canadian government.


Fox says he and the other chiefs have also scheduled meetings with Native American chiefs to gather what support they can.


He says after this, he’s off to Asia to meet with potential investors over there.