Economic Reconciliation in Canada: a series

Karen Ogen-Toews looks at how First Nations, government and industry can participate in economic reconciliation in BC. Part One: First Nations participation in reconciliation.

CoastalGasLink is a path to reconciliation

That headline was on a letter to the editor of the Kitimat Northern Sentinel, from Crystal Smith, chief councillor of the Haisla Nation. Read it here:


'If we want to discuss a pathway to reconciliation, examples like the CoastalGasLink project are it.' — Crystal Smith, Haisla Nation chief councillor, in The Kitimat Northern Sentinel.

#Naturalgas seen as 'vital to building a sustainable energy future.' #LNGinBC #bcpoli

'The lives of 1800 people and generations to come have been changed forever through LNG Canada’s announcement.' — Haisla Chief Councillor Crystal Smith. See our Facebook page:

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The First Nations LNG Alliance is a collective of First Nations who are participating in, and supportive of, sustainable and responsible LNG development in BC.


The Alliance is working to:

  • Increase positive LNG dialogue in First Nations communities
  • Communicate First Nations messages directly to First Nations audiences
  • Communicate balanced LNG information
  • Provide a venue for pro-development nations to interact, share knowledge and resources
  • Discuss environmental issues and priorities

Ultimately, the Alliance has been formed to provide education and information to nations around our province as they consider economic and resource development opportunities when it concerns LNG projects in their territories.

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To act as an advocate on behalf of First Nations. In order to do this we provide research and in-depth insight into the many issues and concerns surrounding LNG development in BC. We also seek to connect people with resources, information, support and materials to inform themselves and their members.