Newsletter: On the front line for LNG. June FID for Cedar LNG. And more . . .

Our newsletter: 23 May 2024

Photos: Crystal Smith and Karen Ogen

On the front line for LNG

Our Alliance chair, Chief Councillor Crystal Smith of the Haisla Nation, and Alliance CEO Karen Ogen, former chief councillor of the Wet’suwet’en Nation, have been up on the front line supporting responsible LNG development, and the benefits it can bring to First Nations, and to the world.

In a strong speech to the 2024 Creating Energy – Northern Resource Conference at Fort St. John BC, Karen Ogen said: “When we take BC’s energy, and add the energy of Indigenous peoples, new vistas of opportunity and progress unfold before us.”

She added: “LNG provides us with an opportunity where we can own our future. . . .

“Canadian LNG is a direct route to jobs and benefits for Indigenous and non-Indigenous people alike. . . . Canadian LNG is Indigenous LNG, and that is good for the world and good for all of us here.”

Earlier, quoted in a story in The Calgary Herald, Ogen told the International Gas Research Conference at Banff last week that Indigenous ownership of proposed projects such as Cedar LNG and Ksi Lisims will promote economic reconciliation.
And, she said, these developments can provide energy security for countries that need gas.

Chief Crystal Smith told the conference: “The energy sector goes through so many different aspects of First Nations. It is time for us to work together and in partnership on how projects happen, are maintained, and with the Cedar LNG project we have seen it is possible.”

Also last week, as reported by Energy for a Secure Future Canada, Smith and Ogen were among 11 Indigenous leaders who met with G7 nations representatives, to prioritize support for LNG at the G7 Summit in Italy June 13-15.

Ogen said of the meeting: “The other countries let us know that (they’re) still in that position where they need Canada’s LNG. We need to take that opportunity. It‘s an opportunity for Indigenous people, for Canada and for these countries.”

Alliance director Bernardine Coleman, a councillor of the O’Chiese Nation in Alberta, was also up front, speaking at the International Gas Research Conference.

Cedar LNG, artist's conception

Cedar LNG FID coming in June

Pembina Pipeline, a partner with Haisla Nation in the $4-billion Cedar LNG project in B.C., says it’s all on track, and a final investment decision (FID) is expected next month:

Meanwhile, Chief Crystal Smith said of the Cedar LNG project: “Now we are working together to make our own opportunities as owners and developers of the resource.”
And in this video from the Indigenous Resource Network, Chief Crystal shares how her nation’s involvement with resource projects has led to revitalizing the Haisla language:

Graphic: First Nations as owners in LNG

First Nations key players in LNG

First Nations are acting as owners, proponents, and partners in responsible LNG development.

This partnership is paving the way for sustainable development and economic growth.

Graphic: Malahat battery plant 

Indigenous clean-energy news

  • The Malahat Nation in B.C. is to work with Taiwanese energy company on $100-million battery plant (pictured above):
  • Hydro-Quebec will buy electricity from a proposed wind farm in which the Innu Council of Pessamit:
  • An Ontario windfarm partnership between Henvey Inlet First Nation and Pattern Energy Is unique:
  • Nominations are open for the First Nations Power Authority’s Pathway to Powerful Opportunities Awards; deadline is June 1:


  • Woodfibre LNG to Squamish Council: You wanted non-local workers housed out of Squamish. We responded with a floatel approved by senior governments and the Squamish Nation. Now we look for your floatel permit.
    • Poll: Most respondents, including local residents, oppose Squamish council’s denial of Woodfibre LNG’s floatel permit:
  • LNG Canada soon to begin flaring natural gas as part of testing and start-up procedures:
  • FortisBC updates Squamish district council on plans related to the Eagle Mountain-Woodfibre natural-gas pipeline project to feed Woodfibre LNG:
  • LNG demand forecasts are great news for North American suppliers:
  • BC is near to benefits from the LNG Canada project, with natural-gas royalties to more than double to $1.43 billion over three years:
  • The International Energy Agency says its theoretical LNG ‘scenarios’ are not ‘forecasts.’ But LNG opponents present them as predictions, forecasts, outlooks, or simply ‘facts.’ Our latest blog:


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(Posted here 26 May 2024)


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