Natural Resources Minister Greg Rickford says he is eager to work with the new Assembly of First Nations (AFN) chief on energy development, as the organization attempts to remake itself and mend a confrontational relationship with the federal government.

Relations between the newly-elected AFN Chief Perry Bellegarde and Rickford appear to be off to a good start.

Speaking with CTV’s Question Period, Rickford congratulated Bellegarde on his new role, adding that he “absolutely” sees an opportunity to work closely with him and the AFN on energy development projects that affect First Nations.