Chief Craig Makinaw of the Ermineskin Cree Nation, (middle) is an Executive Committee Member and Regional Chief of Alberta for the Assembly of First Nations and is the former Grand Chief of the Confederacy of Treaty Six. He has experience on the national and international stage and has printed position papers for the United Nations in both New York and Geneva, Switzerland.
Dale Swampy, former CEO of the Samson Cree Nation, (second from the right) joined the Indigenous Relations team for the Northern Gateway Pipeline Project as Director of Indigenous Relations for the BC terrestrial region. Working with other Indigenous leaders he helped to create The National Coalition of Chiefs (NCC) which is now comprised of 62 Chiefs from across Canada and is committed to “Defeating On-Reserve Poverty” through positive dialogue and partnership with Canada’s Natural Resource Industry.
These gentlemen helped us understand the subtleties of dealing with the various Indigenous Communities, and the reasons for their desire to have ownership interest in the TMX pipeline.