‘Correcting Celebrity Misconceptions’

Let’s have a conversation based on facts; not stereotypes based on dogmas or an ideology. I look forward to sharing with you a different perspective on the oil sands industry and the important role it plays in our economy and social development.”

“It’s no secret that Jane Fonda has been an activist for years. She has spoken out several times, even making trips to Alberta to speak and join her voice with some members of the ‘Indigenous’ {sic, ‘Aboriginal’} community against pipelines and oilsands. 

“In 2017, she had even made a speech at the University of Alberta wherein she spoke to both environmentalists and those not involved with the cause. She highlighted how both sides had a common enemy in Trudeau. Fonda claimed that the government had been lying to its people by telling us there is no other way. She finished to roaring applause.

“Now meet Stephen Buffalo, President and CEO of the ‘Indian Resource Council of Canada’, who has taken to social media to make a request to Jane Fonda to have a calm and fact-based discussion about the oil and gas industry in Canada. In his heartfelt video, he has powerful words for the grand celebrity. 

Stephen Buffalo, President and CEO of the ‘Indian Resource Council of Canada’

We (Indian Resource Council of Canada) are an advocacy organization that represents oil and gas rights and interests of ‘First Nations’ {Aboriginal communities} in Canada. I see you’re in Minnesota protesting line 3, calling our oil sands “the worst”. I would like to invite you to join my colleagues and I on a ‘Zoom’ call to give you the real story about the great things happening in Northern Alberta.”

Let’s be honest. The world needs energy and the energy sector is very important to First Nations in our province. We’ve been involved since the beginning. It provides jobs and business opportunities and really helps our communities prosper. And as people closest to the land {? It’s not racial. ANYONE living off the land is “closest to the land”}, we have an input into the environmental stewardship which we are very proud of.”

Our communities have had concerns in the past, too. But we are working with industry to develop solutions to protect the environment while growing our economy. It’s not our way to take an all or nothing approach. We really prefer to seek balance. I hope you’ll join me in respectful discussions to answer any questions that you may have.”

“He respectfully finishes with a small request. 

   “Let’s have a conversation based on facts; not stereotypes based on dogmas or an ideology. I look forward to sharing with you a different perspective on the oil sands industry and the important role it plays in our economy and social development.”

–‘Alberta First Nations Man Calls Out Jane Fonda On Her Anti-Oil Rhetoric’,
Buffalo Tribune, Mar.24, 2021
https://www.newstbt.com/post/alberta-first-nations-man-calls-out-jane-fonda-on-her-anti-oil-rhetoric

Jane Fonda protesting Line 3 (Newsweek)

Background:
“Paul Spring was the helicopter pilot that gave Jane Fonda a tour of the oilsands last week {Jan., 2017}, and he said the celebrity was being given a lot of misinformation from two members of ‘Greenpeace’.

“Spring wondered how you separate the truth from the rhetoric, when you have Greenpeace filling your ears with propaganda.

“The volume of what she (got) from the environmentalists just blocks out the truth”,
Spring said.

“One of those was that the oil and gas sector produces a lot of pollution.

“But he said to pick solely on Fort McMurray and the oilsands is ridiculous. 

We are producing hydrocarbon resource here, whether it’s oil or petrochemical stock for plastics there is a bi-product that comes with that. But it’s the same for every industry. (For instance) if you’re making gold. There’s a lot of cyanide in gold production.”

“He adds that Canada and Alberta do a better job taking care of the environment than many countries.

It doesn’t matter what man does on this planet, we seem to produce pollution at every stage, it’s how we manage that. To pick on Fort McMurray is ridiculous. You look at other oil producing nations around the world, like Venezuela, Russia or China. They have no environmental standards.”

“He says Canada is just “an easy whipping boy” for Greenpeace, since
we’re just too nice”.

–‘Jane Fonda fed half-truths according to helicopter pilot’,
Kyle Morris, 630 CHED, January 14, 2017
https://globalnews.ca/news/3180460/helicopter-pilot-opens-up-about-jane-fondas-oilsands-tour-she-was-being-given-so-much-misinformation/

VIDEO: ‘Jane Fonda: The only people in Alberta who are not outsiders are indigenous people’
https://globalnews.ca/video/3174694/jane-fonda-the-only-people-in-alberta-who-are-not-outsiders-are-indigenous-people/

See also:
I Can Speak For Myself’ (Female Aboriginal Oil Worker):
“To hear it from oil sands critics, politicians and activists, ‘Indigenous’ {sic, ‘Aboriginal’} people in the oil sands are a contradiction. Surely, they cannot exist. Or if they do, they are surely victims of a predatory resource industry, or are colonized sellouts.
So I thought I’d share my own story…”
https://canadiansforlegalequalityblog.wordpress.com/2020/10/13/i-can-speak-for-myself/

Killing energy projects only hurts ‘First Nations’{July 11, 2016}:
“‘First Nations’ across Canada benefit from natural resource development. A whole class of ‘First Nation’ and Metis entrepreneurs have grown around the resource industry. In response to vocal ‘indigenous’ resistance to pipelines, the ‘Indian Resource Council’, an organization representing aboriginal communities supportive of the oil and gas industries, has tried to have its voice heard.”
https://endracebasedlawcanadanews.wordpress.com/2016/07/11/killing-energy-projects-only-hurts-first-nations/

Chief Denounces Environmentalist ‘Red-washing’{April 15, 2018}:
Some aboriginal leaders are getting tired of being manipulated by ‘environmental’ activists:
   “Cancellation of the ‘Trans Mountain’ pipeline would cost B.C. ‘First Nations’ hundreds of millions of dollars in benefits, job training, and employment and business opportunities, according to Cheam Chief Ernie Crey.”
https://endracebasedlawcanadanews.wordpress.com/2018/04/15/chief-denounces-environmentalist-red-washing/
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