Newsletter: Meet the First Nations Climate Initiative


Chinese investors, and representatives of Chinese LNG importers and processors, heard all about our BC LNG during a conference hosted by the Canadian embassy in Beijing.

They got a little more, in addition: a look at the First Nations Climate Initiative (FNCI), founded by the Lax Kw’alaams, Metlakatla, Nisga’a and Haisla Nations.

Crystal Smith, elected chief councillor of the Haisla Nation (and chair of our First Nations LNG Alliance) explained: “Our communities are interested in LNG development as a means for alleviating poverty, and are concerned about the real signs of climate-change impacts in our territories.

“FNCI is working with governments . . . other First Nations and other non-governmental groups to develop climate-change policies that simultaneously reduce greenhouse gas emissions and strengthen First Nations’ economic self-determination.”

President Eva Clayton of the Nisga’a Nation outlined that nation’s LNG project, Ksi Lisims LNG. But she spoke, too, of going beyond LNG:

“For example, we envision transitioning natural gas from a fuel to a feedstock for hydrogen production by 2050. The strategy is not that hypothetical. Our nations are already advancing energy projects which will contribute to these goals.”

Coming up Thursday, June 17

Do plan to join us June 17 for an online discussion of employment and training issues — and more — related to LNG and associated pipeline development in BC. It’s open to all and free. More info (and how to register):

And, with a deadline of June 30, please fill in our survey on the impact of LNG and pipeline development on First Nations along the Coastal GasLink / LNG Canada route.

It will help us collect baseline data on how First Nations are being affected by industrial projects, and will give the Alliance guidance on how to work with developers to tackle the challenges.

LNG Canada’s Community Update

First on CFTK-TV in the Terrace region, and then online, LNG Canada shared a new Community Update.

It’s a long video (almost 24 minutes) for which LNG Canada provided this handy timetable:

  • 0:00-3:48 – Introduction from LNG Canada CEO, Peter Zebedee;
  • 3:49- 11:12 – Updates on construction and the project’s COVID-19 response from LNG Canada’s Vince Kenny, and JGC Fluor’s Berni Molz and Ian Swanbeck;
  • 11:13 – 19:00 – Social performance and local-content update from LNG Canada’s Nina Arvanitidis;
  • 10:01- 22:40 – Q&A with JGC Fluor’s Ryan Franke about jobs and contracting;
  • 22:41- Closing remarks from Peter Zebedee


LNG in BC is the focus for the Creating Energy – Northern Resource Conference, coming online June 15 – 16. Our Karen Ogen-Toews and Judy Desjarlais will be “on stage” (digitally).
Info: and Register:

Also in the news

  • LNG Canada and Coastal GasLink accelerate construction:
  • The world’s LNG market is roaring back:
  • Record LNG growth is expected in 2021:
  • Mitsubishi, 15% partner in LNG Canada, takes delivery of the LNG carrier Diamond Gas Crystal, to transport LNG from the BC project:
  • Haisla HaiSea tugs: ‘a pioneering green fleet.’
  • FortisBC sees $100 billion savings in diversified gas-and-electric approach rather than a full-electrification option:
  • GNL Québec plans to send low-carbon LNG to Germany:
  • Pieridae  seeks 10 billion for proposed LNG plant in Nova Scotia:
  • Ships powered by LNG grew to 573 in 2020, with another 60 due this year:

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