Ken CoatsOttawa released decisions on three major pipeline projects – Northern Gateway, Line 3 and Trans Mountain – this afternoon

OTTAWA, Nov. 29, 2016 – Macdonald-Laurier Institute Munk Senior Fellow Ken Coates is available to comment on the federal government’s decision, released this afternoon, to reject the Northern Gateway pipeline and approve the Line 3, Trans Mountain pipelines.

Coates, a thought leader on Indigenous issues, has long made the case that pipeline infrastructure is an unparalleled opportunity for First Nations, Métis and other Indigenous peoples to find a new economic footing.

Becoming full partners on energy projects can help Indigenous communities end the “national tragedy” of poor economic and social outcomes for their people.

To arrange an interview with Ken Coates, please contact Mark Brownlee, communications manager, at 613-482-8327 x105 or email at

Coates has also long been a proponent of looking for new ways to share the wealth of natural resources projects with Indigenous peoples.

This includes encouraging development companies to partner with Aboriginal communities by properly engaging and collaborating with them on natural resource projects. Giving them an equity position is one way to do this.

For governments, this means exploring options for sharing government revenue from natural resource projects with Aboriginal communities through a proposal known as resource revenue sharing.

Ken’s work for MLI on natural resources and Indigenous issues includes:


Ken Coates is a Senior Fellow with the Macdonald-Laurier Institute and Canada Research Chair in Regional Innovation at the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Saskatchewan.

The Macdonald-Laurier Institute is the only non-partisan, independent national public policy think tank in Ottawa focusing on the full range of issues that fall under the jurisdiction of the federal government.

For more information, please contact Mark Brownlee, communications manager, at 613-482-8327 x105 or email at

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