Canada's oil sands, or tar sands as they are often called represent one of the world’s leading reserves of crude oil. Extracting it is a dirty business heavy in CO2 emissions and energy consumption. Canada's First Nations have been on the frontline staging protests against the pipelines that transport it from landlocked Alberta.
A group of indigenous communities has now offered to buy equity in a pipeline saying it is the only way left for them to try and mitigate the environmental impacts of the tar sands.
Julien Brave NoiseCat, a US policy analyst at the environmental campaign group 350.org and a descendent of the Lil’Wat Nation of Mount Currie, gives us his Perspective. He tells us that if we want to protect our world and have a future where there is clean water to drink “we need to follow the lead of the communities on the frontlines of these fights”. He also points out that those communities are up against “the most powerful industry in the history of the world”.