Looking into the impact of LNG

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The Alliance is taking a serious dive into the impact and effects of LNG and pipeline development on First Nations along the Coastal GasLink route and near the LNG Canada project at Kitimat.

We’re starting out with a survey among First Nations members. Here’s where you can take it, and enter to win a $100 gift card: https://bit.ly/3e9IUNq

Then, down the road a little, we’ll launch an outreach series of community diversity and inclusion sessions.

The key topic for Session One will likely be Employment and Training.

Our questions for you include: What about employment? The big developers have promised real jobs for qualified Indigenous peoples. What’s is the experience in your nation? What’s do members find when they apply for jobs? Are contractors and sub-contractors delivering on the promise?

And training? What results are you getting around workshops and training in your community. What are members experiencing when they apply for training? What are the biggest obstacles and challenges?

After that first session, look for further outreach and community consultations on  Indigenous women in trades, resource development and protecting the environment, and First Nations procurement. On this last one: How are First Nations businesses doing in getting business through the projects?

  • Also of note: Applications are open for funding from the Northern Healthy Communities Fund, for communities adjacent to the LNG Canada and CoastalGasLink Deadline is May 14. More info

The Four Ds of finding an LNG job

It takes more than just dreams and desire to get a job in the LNG field in BC. Two more Ds apply: determination and doggedness.

We need look no further than Jesse Ogen, a Wet’suwet’en member from Terrace BC, for a worker with all four Ds.

“I am very excited to be beginning my career in the crane industry. It has been a challenging three years to get to this point and my hard work is only beginning.

“I’m a mobile crane apprentice now. I’m looking now to get seat-time and some work experience.”

And he adds: “For those with goals and dreams, I say, ‘Keep pushing and striving for better.’

Paths to economic reconciliation

The Alliance is supporting a two-part event hosted by Resource Works in May and June.

It’s the Indigenous Partnerships Success Showcase, coming online on two consecutive Fridays:

  • May 28, 2021, from 7:30 am to 1:30 pm PST
  • June 4, 2021, from 7:30 am to 1:30 pm PST

These will explore how Indigenous communities and enterprise partners can best work together, and energize economic reconciliation.

One highlight will be the June 4 keynote address by Hon. Murray Sinclair, pictured above.

Says Resource Works: “It is impossible to overstate the impact of the Honourable Murray Sinclair on Canada’s trajectory into the First Nations reconciliation era.

“His accomplishment as Chief Commissioner of the Truth & Reconciliation Commission (TRC) led Indigenous Canada over a historic threshold. In his career as a judge and later a senator, Sinclair continued to show leadership in the struggle for Indigenous recognition.”

Also in the news:

  • Woodfibre LNG pre-sells >70% of its planned production: ow.ly/WZlw50EGrhS
  • Petronas orders three new LNG carriers that will mainly be used by LNG Canada: ly/47LR50EAGru
  • And Petronas signs 20-year deal on carriers to move LNG from Kitimat to Asian countries: ly/32Ta30z
  • LNG Canada drives the last of 6,483 piles at Kitimat site: https://bit.ly/3vHqn17
  • Mark Milke: Asia offers huge payoff for Canadian LNG producers: ly/2QF2Bnh
  • Spending on Coastal GasLink helps BC’s economy heading toward 2022: ly/CsnA50EBaTj

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(Posted here 06 May 2021)

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