PRINCE RUPERT, BC, Sept. 26, 2012 /CNW/ - Today Calvin Helin, Chairman
and President, announced the formation of a new ground breaking
Aboriginal-owned and controlled company, Eagle Spirit Energy Holdings
Ltd. Helin, a multi award-winning, and international best-selling
author, entrepreneur, speaker and advocate of indigenous self-reliance,
said that ''a team of highly experienced individuals in the resource
development space have assembled to form a company with its key
objective - to assist aboriginal communities and individuals to become
successful with managing economic opportunities in their traditional
territories" .He also stated "We want to work with communities to
establish a First Nations Energy Corridor across northern British
Helin, a member of the Lax Kw'alaams First Nation, and son of a
hereditary Chief, noted further that "we chose Prince Rupert to kick
off our new endeavor because we share the concern with our families and
communities about the environmental impacts, the lack of transparency,
fair equity participation, business benefits, and real consultation
that has characterized the recent spate of energy projects announced."
"These projects impact the lands upon which our people have
continuously lived for 10,000 years. Eagle Spirit Energy Holdings Ltd,
intends to move forward only with publicly supported projects that can
produce benefits to those who are involved," he said.
During his speech Helin pointed out that members of the Land Claims Agreements Coalition in Canada's north have treaties that result in the ownership, control,
or influence over almost half the Canadian land mass representing a land base that is greater than 27
countries represented in the European Union. Surprisingly, this does
not include many yet-to-be-settled treaties, or the legal requirement
for consultation and accommodation that First Nations (below the 60th parallel) possess for projects that impact their rights in their
traditional territories—rights established by recent decisions from the
Supreme Court of Canada which are part of an unprecedented string of
150 court victories.
Board member Dave Tuccaro, one of Canada's top Aboriginal businessmen,
stated that, "Major corporations do not understand that the era of
business-as-usual approach to offering beads and trinkets to First
Nations for projects in their traditional territory is over." He
elaborated suggesting that, "Aboriginal people are not anti-business
and they recognize the opportunities that development brings, but
projects need to be done on their terms."
The Aquilini Investment Group is also pleased to be part of this venture
as the financial backer and partner for Eagle Spirit Energy Holdings
Ltd. Luigi Aquilini, the founder of Aquilini Investment Group stated
that "Our group, who have a long history of working cooperatively on
business projects with Aboriginal communities, is delighted to have the
opportunity to assist Eagle Spirit Energy Holdings Ltd to solve energy
problems with better solutions for First Nations in British Columbia''.
Mr Aquilini was recently honored with the Order of British Columbia and
is the Owner of the Vancouver Canucks.
Dave Porter, CEO of the BC First Nations Energy and Mining Council
welcomes the announcement on the launch of this company. ''It is
important for the economic development of our communities that our
entrepreneurs step out into the business arena help build capacity''.
Darrell Beaulieu, Board member and President and CEO of Denendeh
Investments Inc., a corporation representing the corporate investments
of the Aboriginal groups in the Northwest Territories noted, "I
support the concept of an Aboriginal owned energy corridor that
provides for the economic wellbeing, environmentally balanced and
sustainable business solution that will benefit Aboriginal peoples,
industry and governments. This is a leading edge solution that will
provide a win, win, win. A beneficial partnership. To disagree with
the concept and partnership benefits would clearly signal and enhance
the polarization, uncertainty and character of Canada's business
environment with Aboriginal people''
SOURCE: Eagle Spirit Energy Holdings Ltd
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