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‘Build the plan’ WITH First Nations

The following is derived from a lecture that our CEO, Karen Ogen-Toews, delivered to University of Calgary students on 14 May 2020: Here we are in 2020, a far cry from 1876 — but in some ways not too far a cry. The year 1876 was when the Indian Act…

UNDRIP roadmap ‘a great thing’

By JP GLADU Adoption in BC and Canada of the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) is a real opportunity for strengthening the relationships that have been so fractured for such a long time now. The BC government, introducing its Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples…

Declaration ‘a plus for everybody’

Karen Ogen-Toews, CEO of the First Nations LNG Alliance, sees the Jan. 14 Declaration event in Vancouver as helping people learn and understand that UNDRIP is “a plus” across the board. “UNDRIP isn’t a negative thing for us. It’s a plus, a plus for everybody and we need to communicate…

The Indian Act? Welcome to 2019

For 24 years, from 1927 to 1951, First Nations people were not allowed to hire lawyers or pursue land claims. And others could be jailed for helping them raise legal funds. How things have changed: By our count, First Nations across Canada have a ‘winning streak’ in recent years of…

BC LNG: Why we call it ‘clean’

Some 78 countries burn coal to generate electricity, including Canada (which still produces 9% of its power from coal.) But if you burn coal in a power plant, the atmosphere is hit with more than a few emissions: Sulphur/sulfur dioxide (SO2), which contributes to acid rain and respiratory illnesses; Nitrogen…

Blog: Leading the drive for LNG in BC

Chief Councillor Crystal Smith of the Haisla Nation has become a huge hit in social media, and a go-to person for reporters seeking intelligent comment on LNG and resource news, and the involvement of First Nations. She’s been a big draw, too, at LNG-related events, including the Haisla LNG Conference…

Resources and reconciliation

For the record, there are 634 First Nations in Canada, 198 of them in British Columbia. There are 1.3 million First Nations people in Canada, 5.6% of the population. More than 275,000 of them are in British Columbia, 6% of the provincial population. Also for the record, their past is…

Economic Reconciliation, Part 4: The road ahead

Last of a four-part series By KAREN OGEN-TOEWS CEO, First Nations LNG Alliance I’ve written on the roles in reconciliation of First Nations, government and industry. I’ve primarily focused on economic reconciliation. Now I want to conclude the series with some final thoughts. The negative impacts to First Nations have…