by Ravina Bains
December 03, 2013
It has been estimated that, over the next decade, more than 600 major resource projects, worth approximately $650 billion, are planned for Canada, and First Nations communities have a unique opportunity to benefit from these developments. Every oil and gas project currently proposed in western Canada implicates at least one First Nations community, giving them an opportunity to increase employment and economic prosperity through collaboration in energy development. The First Nations communities that will be affected by oil and gas development have a young, unemployed population that can serve as a labor force for the proposed projects. Current unemployment rates in First Nations communities suggest that this group has much to gain from development in the energy sector.