Chief Councillor Ellis Ross of the Haisla Nation on First Nations and Energy Development in Canada
Posted by David Braun of National Geographic
Oct 30, 2014 8:30 AM ET
Located in the North Coast region of the Canadian province of British Columbia, the traditional territory of the Haisla Nation has found itself at the center of Canada’s energy and international commerce debate.
Ellis Ross was elected Chief Councillor of the Haisla Nation in 2011 and re-elected by acclamation to a four-year term in 2013. A full-time Councillor since 2003, Ross has navigated the complexities and inherent tensions of balancing tradition, the environment and his vision of economic self-determination for the Haisla Nation for more than a decade.
In a conversation with National Geographic’s David Braun and Michelle Hindmarch, he talks about the importance of knowledge and understanding when framing the issues in an energy debate, and reflects on the lessons, pressures and rewards of a job unlike any other.