Opinion Editorial

How much First Nations business comes from government?

The following guest column was carried by the Troy Media national news service on 12 February 2021: By KAREN OGEN-TOEWS The Business Council of British Columbia sees “a generational opportunity to accelerate and realize a new future where Indigenous communities and businesses are equitably participating in B.C.’s open trading economy.” And Kim Baird, a First …

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Opinion: Working together a surefire way to protect First Nations interests in resource development

When I was elected chief councillor of the Kitselas First Nation, located near Terrace, it was part of my mandate to move forward on economic development for our community while also balancing environmental protection. While Kitselas has been working to diversify its economy, the opportunities that major resource projects, such as LNG, will bring to …

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Opinion: 190 Conditions On LNG Approval Put First Nations In Driver’s Seat

Most of the media coverage of the federal government’s approval of the Pacific NorthWest LNG project has been presented as a positive outcome for industry and government, and a negative one for First Nations. The simple truth is, not all First Nations are opposed to the project. In fact, many along the project’s route are …

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Opinion: Upside to LNG slowdown evident in greater First Nations engagement

In recent months there has been much debate and speculation around the viability of B.C.’s liquid natural gas industry. The widespread slowdown of project approvals and financial investment decisions has come as a result of numerous challenges facing the industry. With a decline in market demand for LNG, criticisms surrounding regulatory processes, heightened climate-change considerations …

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