By Shari Narine Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Representatives from the Saskatchewan First Nations Natural Resource Centre of Excellence were in Washington, DC last week to assert the sovereignty of First Nations as economic partners with the United States. It was an important three-day trip, says centre board chair Heather Bear, vice-chief with the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN). That’s because the governments of Canada and the United States have signaled their intent to accelerate green energy transition and encourage domestic manufacturing. This will improve North American energy security by reducing dependence on the foreign supply of minerals from countries such as China and Russia. The meetings were a month in the making, says Bear. They were set up to address the Biden administration’s invocation of the Defense Production Act
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