Newsletter: The Alliance speaks up for Indigenous LNG. And we link to Equitable Origin.

Our newsletter: 06 June 2024

Graphic: Karen Ogen as speaker

The Alliance speaks up for Indigenous LNG

Karen Ogen, CEO of our First Nations LNG Alliance, was a speaker June 5 at the Indigenous Partnerships Success Showcase event in Vancouver.

Her keynote speech included this:

“I see a day when First Nations in B.C. are doing far more than monitoring, running workforce lodges, clearing land, and collecting revenues from benefit agreements. I see our current generation of young people in management, directing major projects, and in executive roles. . . .

“And I see ownership. It’s happening now, and we want to see more of it.  We are invested when we are invested.”

  • Karen then took part in a panel discussion at the Showcase. That generated a story inBusiness in Vancouver, quoting her as saying LNG is facilitating economic reconciliation with First Nations in a significant way, helping them to “write ourselves into the story of the largest industrial projects in Canadian history.”
  • Earlier, Karen said in another major speech in B.C. that LNG has been, and is, a unique opportunity for First Nations, and that LNG is good for First Nations and for Canada:
  • She followed that up with a guest column in The Toronto Star, noting how, through significant partnerships, Indigenous people are leading the way in LNG development in Canada:
  • On Sunday, June 9, Karen was scheduled to be be a keynote speaker at the National Coalition of Chiefs Energy and Natural Resource Summit in Alberta:
  • On Monday, June 10, at the Business Council of B.C.’s B.C. Business Summit, Karen takes part in a discussion on the importance of energy in our future:
  • And from our latest blog: For all those naysayers predicting gloom and doom for the LNG sector, this report: “LNG demand forecasts are great news for North American suppliers.”

Graphic: Alliance and Equitable Origin logos

New link with Equitable Origin

The First Nations Alliance links up with Equitable Origin, a non-profit that certifies natural gas produced to higher social and environmental standards, and supports Indigenous interests.

Our CEO, Karen Ogen, says: “Equitable Origin is a champion of Indigenous rights, and of the principle and practice of Free, Prior and Informed Consent. And among its natural-gas certifications is the supply of gas to the Haisla-led Cedar LNG.

“The Alliance looks forward to working with Equitable Origin as we both press for LNG development that enables Indigenous partnerships, supports Indigenous interests, and protects the environment.”

Photo: Natural gas pipes

Canada’s resource rules under fire

  • Canada’s resource sector is being stifled by poorly designed regulations; and the best/worst example is LNG. Here’s what we need to do:
  • Ottawa’s latest amendments to the Impact Assessment Act (following negative findings from two courts) draw new fire — and may mean more court battles:
  • Ottawa promises to speed up regulatory processes for resource projects— “but the implementation is still lacking.”
  • Federal law amendments would force LNG and oil/gas companies to “prove the truth of every word they say” about environmental benefits, or face a $10-million fine: From Don Braid in The Calgary Herald
  • Proposed changes in the federal Competition Act would put the onus on companies to prove their claims on carbon reduction and/or to be net-zero or carbon neutral by 2030 or 2050.
  • And a private member’s bill in Canada’s Senate, targeting oil and natural gas companies, is “WACKO!” That from energy commentator Deidra Garyk:

Graphic: Ocean Man solar plant

Indigenous clean-energy news

  • First Nation in Saskatchewan partners to build and operate one of Canada’s largest solar facilities (above):
  • Canada and B.C. support 35 BC First Nations for new clean-energy projects:
  • Included in the above funding, West Moberly First Nations will plan a B.C. geothermal project to serve a commercial-scale greenhouse:
  • Natural Resources Canada gives $923,000 to help remote Indigenous communities advance clean energy and reduce diesel consumption:
  • Ottawa puts up to $2.1 million for six Indigenous-led zero-emissions and clean-fuels awareness projects:
  • Sooke-area First Nations in B.C. receive funding for renewable-energy projects:
  • Hydrogen firm to develop production plant for Tobique First Nations in New Brunswick:
  • Indigenous economic development corporations are bringing equity to the energy transition:


  •  B.C. and Blueberry River First Nations plan for territory restricts oil and gas ‘disturbances.’
  • Alta Gas and Vopak to go ahead with $1.35-billion liquefied petroleum gas/propane export terminal at Ridley Island, Prince Rupert. It has First Nations support agreements.
  • Coastal GasLink is reported preparing to borrow as much as $4 billion to refinance debt supporting construction of its 670-km natural-gas pipeline:
  • First LNG shipment from LNG Canada ‘could well be earlier’ than the target range of mid-2025, says Shell.
  • Four LNG projects currently under development will have a significant impact on Canada’s economy. Video:
  • Woodfibre LNG donates $150,000 to 50 local non-profits:
  • HaiSea Kermode wins the International Tug & Salvage 2024 Tug of the Year award:


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