Canadians need to understand the profound transformations underway in the energy sector and the emergence of Indigenous peoples, governments and businesses as major players in the oil and gas economy. While important issues remain unresolved, the prospect of Indigenous ownership in pipelines, major equity investments in supply chain infrastructure, and ongoing Indigenous engagement in policy and business development, are potentially tremendously positive. The future of a major sector of the natural resource economy rests on the quality and nature of Indigenous engagement.

On September 19, 2019, the Macdonald-Laurier Institute convened an important discussion about the accomplishments to date, Indigenous interest in expanded engagement, and opportunities for long-term collaboration and partnerships.


  • Tabatha Bull, Chief Operating Officer, Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business in Toronto
  • Brian Schmidt, President & CEO of Tamarack Valley Energy
  • Chief Delbert Wapass, founder of Project Reconciliation
  • Ken Coates, MLI Munk Senior Fellow (moderator)

A few photos of the event can be seen below. Our photo gallery can be found here.

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