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How a conservative US network undermined Indigenous energy rights in Canada – The Narwhal

July 18, 2022

Internal documents explain why oil and gas interests would benefit from a key Indigenous declaration being ‘defeated’

This story is a collaboration between Floodlight, The Narwhal and the Guardian.

A U.S.-based libertarian coalition has spent years pressuring the Canadian government to limit how much Indigenous communities can push back on energy development on their own land, newly reviewed strategy documents reveal.

The Atlas Network partnered with an Ottawa-based think tank — the Macdonald-Laurier Institute — which enlisted pro-industry Indigenous representatives in its campaign to provide “a shield against opponents.”

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