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Indigenous pro-oil rally in Alberta stresses energy industry is vital for them –

The rally was organized by the Region One Aboriginal Business Association, which represents northern Alberta Indigenous businesses

February 11, 2019

LAC LA BICHE, Alta.—Indigenous supporters of Canada’s oil and gas industry turned out here in force Sunday to make the point that the sector plays a vital role in their lives.

“It doesn’t matter if you’re a business owner or a worker or an aboriginal community. We’re all in this together,” Lee Thom, a councillor from Kikino Metis Settlement, told a crowd gathered in a recreation centre in Lac La Biche, Alta.

Rene Houle from Whitefish Lake First Nation said the energy industry generates spinoff businesses that employ hundreds of people in his community—with the money that’s earned spent at car dealerships, movie theatres and other businesses in neighbouring towns.

The bottom line, he said, is the oil and gas sector helps keep people from becoming burdens on the social-welfare and justice systems.

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