LETTERS: Indigenous youth have right to meaningful work


Canada’s economy has always depended on natural resources. Our history and culture reflect tough rugged trappers and fishermen, farmers and loggers, miners and oil and gas workers.

Every village, town and city across our nation was built and thrived due to natural resources.

Now Canada’s economy largely depends on the oil and natural gas sector getting these resources to market.

Some face-covered people from near and far should never again be given free licence to tie up rail lines to the detriment of all Canadians.

Canada has a willing and eager group of Indigenous Canadians who want jobs. They want to be self-sustaining and enjoy self respect.

They want to demonstrate to everyone they are a valuable asset to Canada. Many are ready, willing and able to be trained in order to join the work force in the natural gas and oil sector.

A great number of ambitious and forward-thinking Indigenous leaders have been an active part of the process, but there are some who aren’t sure this is heading in the right direction.

Clinging to the past is not going to give intelligent, energetic Indigenous young people hope of getting out of the welfare trap.

It’s past time for Canadian governments to put the economy first and give business leaders and Canadian workers absolute reliable support in the energy resource business.

L. Wright, Surrey

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