On July 26 and 27, at the invitation of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN), Mr. Xu Bu, chargé d'affaires ad interim of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Canada, addressed the first International Indigenous Summit on Energy & Mining.
The Summit featured discussions regarding energy and resource exploration on first nation territories. Also present at the Summit were over 700 representatives from the North American indigenous communities, Canada’s federal and local government, business circles and academia.
In his speech, Mr. Xu offered his warm congratulations on the opening of the Summit and briefed the audience about China’s remarkable achievements in the past 30 years since the reform and opening up as well as the immense business opportunities brought by an emerging Chinese market. Mr. Xu also said that the Chinese and Canadian economies are highly complementary. China-Canada cooperation in commerce and trade enjoys bright prospects. China is willing to work with the indigenous communities to build a better future.
Prior to the Summit, Mr. Xu met National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo. Chief Atleo said that Canada’s indigenous communities look forward to strengthening their practical cooperation with China in energy, resource and other fields.