Canada’s premiers are gathering with the prime minister for a second day in Vancouver to talk climate change Thursday.
They’ll be in discussion on what kind of policy is needed to stem global warming, while offering more natural resources in an environmentally friendly way.
Premier Brad Wall says Saskatchewan will play a “constructive role” at the talks, despite his opposition to Prime Minister Trudeau’s push for carbon pricing.
Saskatchewan and Alberta are also expected to press for support for pipeline projects that will get their oil to tidewater and foreign markets.
Meanwhile, indigenous leaders are telling the group that they want to play a part in developing the climate change policy.
Perry Bellegarde of the Assembly of First Nations was one of three national aboriginal leaders who met with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ahead of the first ministers meeting on climate change.
Bellegarde says the leaders spoke about needing to be part of the strategy going forward, because indigenous people have responsibilities to protect the land and water.
Other aboriginal leaders questioned why they were not invited to the meeting also. Dawn Lavell-Harvard of the Native Women’s Association says the decision speaks volumes about the lack of respect for the voices of indigenous women and girls in Canada.
Trudeau says there will be plenty of chances for other groups to share their opinions at future conferences, and promised the government will work with First Nations across Canada to develop climate change policy.