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LNG and the Haisla: Much more than jobs

The coronavirus pandemic has thrown more than a few crimps into work and hiring along the Coastal GasLink pipeline route, and at the LNG Canada site at Kitimat. But CGL expects soon to have some 3,000 people on the job — and employment is still the Number One benefit that…

UNDRIP bill moves on in Ottawa

Some First Nations leaders have successfully put heat on Ottawa to speed up Bill C-15, Canada’s UNDRIP legislation. The government responded by putting a time limit on the first round of Commons debate on the bill, in order to move it along to a Commons committee for further scrutiny. Perry…

First Nations need access to capital — and the economy

Mark Podlasly of the First Nations Major Projects Coalition has been making the news as a champion for the rightful role of First Nations in the “mainstream economy.” To begin with, he says, they need access to capital to invest in projects in their territories, and to build true equity…

Two First Nations propose BC LNG plants

As Lax Kw’alaams entrepreneur Chris Sankey says: LNG and resource development can mean “a massive transition” from poverty to good incomes for Indigenous people and communities. Looking to that kind of transition now are two First Nations in British Columbia, who propose development of LNG processing plants and export terminals…

Our LNG Alliance is needed

Susannah Pierce, on her last day as Director of Corporate Affairs, LNG Canada, looked at our Alliance, at LNG, and at the future. The next day she took on a new role, Shell Canada President and Country Chair.  She spoke to the Alliance board meeting on 31 March 2021. Here’s…

Driver licences: roadblocks and recommendations

We winced when we heard about the Indigenous heavy-equipment operator who drives a long way to and from work every day — with no driver’s licence and thus with no insurance. We were not surprised, though, as in many Indigenous communities in B.C., the number of people with driver’s licences…

‘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…

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