Crystal Smith, chair of our First Nations LNG Alliance, is the elected chief councillor for the Haisla Nation, located on the northern coast of BC.
She has long been a champion of responsible development of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and associated pipelines in BC, and her Nation has numerous partnerships with developers in that field.
Chief Crystal became chair of the Alliance in November 2019, succeeding the founding chair, Chief Dan George.
Over the years she has taken on various roles in the Haisla community including chair of the Haisla Executive Committee and co-chair of the Stakeholder Relations Committee.
Crystal is working within the Haisla Nation to support the membership and to create opportunities for industry and business to invest in Haisla territory.
Crystal attended Northwest Community College and has a background in administration.
Dan George is a director and former chair of the First Nations LNG Alliance, and chief of the Burns Lake Band (Ts’il Kaz Koh First Nation) located in northern B.C.
Chief George served as a councillor for four years before becoming chief in 2014, and recently was re-elected for another four year-term.
Prior to being elected by his band, Chief George worked in many resource-development sectors including oil, gas and forestry. He was also a building inspector, inspecting more than 2,500 homes throughout B.C. during his career.
He has also been a volunteer fireman for 16 years, and sits on a number of other boards and committees such as the First Nations Limited Partnership, Carrier Sekani Tribal Council and the Chiefs Committee on Housing and Infrastructure.
GM: Skin Tyee Nation
Adele Gooding, secretary of the Alliance, is general manager of the Skin Tyee Nation in northern BC.
She was born and raised in Burns Lake BC.
Previously, she worked as an employment and training network coordinator for Skin Tyee Nation and, prior to that, in adult education for many years.
In addition to Ms. Gooding’s work with the First Nations LNG Alliance, she is also a school trustee for School District 91, chair of the Lakes District Aboriginal Training to Employment Society, and board member of the Chinook Community Forest and Pacific Trail Pipelines Aboriginal Skills Employment Partnership.
John Alan Jack, treasurer of the First Nations LNG Alliance, is a three-term member of council for the Huu-ay-aht First Nations, a modern treaty nation on the west coast of Vancouver Island.
He has held nearly every major council file and was responsible for the Huu-ay-aht involvement in the proposed Kwispaa LNG project with Steelhead LNG of Vancouver.
He is also his Nations’ representative on the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District, and has been its chair since 2016.
He lives in Oceanside on Vancouver Island with his wife and two daughters.
Clifford White (Nees Ma’Outa) is a hereditary leader and a former elected chief councillor of the Gitxaala Nation.
He is a lifelong facilitator and trainer, and has been involved for more than 10 years with the First Nations Court in New Westminster. He is an elder of the court. He also works with BC’s Aboriginal Family Healing Court project, a pilot program that deals with Indigenous children and families.
White is also chair of the First Nations Advisory Committee for the province of BC, and has worked with BC’s Industry Training Authority and trades unions on Indigenous workforce development, seeking to ensure that trades training for Indigenous people meets first-class standards.
Newest member of our Alliance board of directors is Heather Nooski, an elected Councillor of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation.
While not directly involved in the nation’s LNG strategy as such, she puts a crucial personal priority on protecting her peoples’ environment, and that’s a key factor in the nation’s approach to LNG and resource development.
“It’s so important as our people go berry-picking, hunting, trapping, and fishing in Wet’suwet’en territory. There’s medicine on the land, and that’s what I find very important about the land itself.”
Her interim council portfolios include education, youth, health, social and communications. She has a strong interest in health and education, given that she has spent 12 years in central Alberta as a teacher’s aide and community health worker for the Maskwacis region and its four First Nations.