The First Nations LNG Alliance is pleased to hear of the proposed agreement reached in meetings of the federal and provincial governments and Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs.
The Alliance now hopes for further progress as the agreement is brought to the Wet’suwet’en people in the coming days. We look for it to provide a path forward for the people.
And, as our CEO, Karen Ogen-Toews, puts it: ‘I think the NGOs, the protestors and the Mohawks can stand down. The Wet’suwet’en people got this.’
As the Alliance understands it, the question of a Wet’suwet’en position on the Coastal GasLink pipeline itself remains unresolved. We hope that such a position will recognize and encompass the benefits to all Wet’suwet’en people, and all the Wet’suwet’en communities.
The Alliance continues to support the pipeline, noting its promise of extensive benefits for Indigenous peoples and communities, and that it must meet rigorous requirements and standards to mitigate environmental impacts.
As Coastal GasLink prepares to resume construction work today, the Alliance notes that the elected councils of all 20 First Nations on the pipeline route have approved the project.
(Posted here on 02 March 202o)