The two quotes above are from our Alliance CEO, Karen Ogen-Toews, on LNG Canada’s Facebook page, which has 17,000 followers. It ran the quotes with: ‘Karen Ogen-Toews offers more insight into the necessity of Indigenous consultation and the need to find a path forward together.”
- Her words were from her guest column in The Province newspaper.
- Karen is also quoted in this Business in Vancouver story: ‘First Nations interested in taking stake in Coastal GasLink pipeline in BC.’
That ‘pullquote’ above led readers to the messages that Chief Crystal gave to a news conference at the BC Natural Resources Forum in Prince George. Here below is a photo from the event, and what she had to say:
LNG once-in-a-lifetime opportunity
Chief Crystal Smith: “We said yes to LNG Canada and Coastal GasLink, because the proponents and the Province of British Columbia have approached us from a position of respect for our Nations and our people.”
- Her full statement to the media conference
- Resource Works video: Chief Crystal Smith on consultation with her Nation by LNG Canada and Coastal GasLink. Watch it here.
And then came a social-media message from another Crystal Smith of the Haisla Nation — Crystal A. Smith:
To that posting, our Chief Crystal said online: “Congratulations Crystal!”
A new campaign for LNG
The Together For LNG campaign now is under way. Its invitation: “Be a part of the growing community of interest that supports LNG development in B.C.” You’ll also see it on Facebook and on Twitter—and we’ll be sharing some messages.
In the News
- Work has begun on the LNG Canada project at Kitimat, with crews and equipment now on the site
- Woodfibre LNG: ‘We are set to begin construction of the LNG plant in 2019, with operation in 2023.’ And with Squamish Nation approval.
- Coastal GasLink pipeline will mean thousand of jobs, and benefits for local economies and First Nations
- CGL will generate an estimated $20 million per year in ongoing property tax benefits to BC communities.
- The BC LNG Alliance names its new president and CEO, Brian Cox
- Black Diamond given go-ahead for Coastal GasLink work camp
- Chris Sankey, former First Nation councillor: ‘I don’t know what to make of how irrational protests have become.”