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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 1 ...

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Alliance hopes for Wet’suwet’en path forward

The First Nations LNG Alliance is pleased to hear of the proposed agreement reached in meetings of the federal and provi ...

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Chief Crystal Smith’s speech: cheers, and tears

Our Alliance chair, Crystal Smith, elected chief councillor of the Haisla Nation, spoke at the BC Natural Resources Foru ...

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Premier sees way forward for CGL pipeline

At the BC Natural Resources Forum in Prince George, BC Premier John Horgan spoke on the Wet’suwet’en/Coastal Gas Lin ...

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We respond to BC’s human rights commissioner

The following is our open letter to BC’s human rights commissioner, Kasari Govender, in response to her letter to ...

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Response from BC’s human rights commissioner, 23 Jan. 2020

The following is the response from BC’s human rights commissioner, Kasari Govender, to our open letter of 19 Janua ...

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Our declaration to the City of Victoria: no meddling in Wet’suwet’en affairs

The City of Victoria voted on 24 Jan. 2020 to demand that BC and Ottawa halt construction of the Coastal GasLink pipelin ...

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Open letter to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

An open letter to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, regarding its statement re: ...

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Our open letter to the BC Human Rights Commission

An open letter to the B.C. Human Rights Commission regarding its statement re: the Coastal GasLink natural-gas pipeline. ...

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Pipeline creating jobs for First Nations: Chief Crystal Smith

Our Alliance chair, Chief Crystal Smith, in a Canadian Press story that ran in (among others) the Tri-City News, Port Co ...

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Crystal Smith: Pipeline issue up to Wet’suwet’en people

The following is a guest column from our alliance chair, Chief Crystal Smith, that ran in the Smithers Interior News on ...

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UNDRIP: exploring the opportunities

Our Alliance CEO, Karen Ogen-Toews, was quoted on this story from Business in Vancouver: TC Energy Corp. (TSX, NYSE:TRP) ...

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Crystal Smith: First Nations economic reconciliation to continue

A guest column from our Alliance chair, Chief Crystal Smith, that appeared in Business in Vancouver: To say the least, C ...

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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 ...

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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 peop ...

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Blog: Seeking work in LNG? ‘Do your homework.’

Jobs were firmly on attendees’ minds, of course, at the 2019 series of LNG Canada/Coastal GasLink open houses and job ...

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Newsletter: Chief Crystal’s friends, fans, and followers

Looking at our social-media pages, it’s easy to tell who has big numbers of friends, fans, and followers: Chief Counc ...

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Guest column: LNG, Reconciliation, invitation

Our guest column that ran in The Interior News, Smithers BC, on 09 October 2019:  Did you know that, from 1927 to 1951, ...

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Our LNG rally in Smithers has been cancelled

The First Nations LNG Alliance had much looked forward to a First-Nation-led pro-LNG community celebration. We had set t ...

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First Nations expect reconciliation to continue after federal election

The following commentary by our Alliance CEO, Karen Ogen-Toews, ran in The Province newspaper on 22 August 2019: First N ...

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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 ...

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Our newest board member: Heather Nooski

Newest member of our Alliance board of directors is Heather Nooski, an elected councillor of the Wet’suwet’en First ...

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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.) ...

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Newsletter: Alliance prominent at LNG conference

Alliance leaders won applause from a record-sized audience at the seventh annual Canada Gas and LNG conference in Vancou ...

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First Nations LNG Alliance Newsletter 20 – Alliance on the road

“Spring is when you feel like whistling, even with a shoe full of slush.” — Wisconsin columnist Doug Larson. Memb ...

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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 report ...

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First Nations LNG Alliance highlights opportunities

Story by CKPG Today, Prince George PRINCE GEORGE – The LNG Canada project in Kitimat and the pipeline project asso ...

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First Nations clarify misconceptions of LNG

Story by Prince George Matters ‘There are a lot of important facts that haven’t been put out’  ItR ...

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Chief Dan George: First Nations are eyeing equity partnerships

Chief Dan George’s guest column in The Province, 22 February 2019:  Many B.C. First Nations have benefit agreements w ...

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First Nations LNG Alliance Newsletter 19 – Our Alliance’s wise words

The two quotes above are from our Alliance CEO, Karen Ogen-Toews, on LNG Canada’s Facebook page, which has 17,000 fol ...

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‘We need to find a way forward together’

Our CEO, Karen Ogen-Toews, writes a guest column in The Province: We have protest groups, we have politicians, we have s ...

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First Nations LNG Alliance Newsletter 18 – Chiefs, councils, and the people

Alliance leaders have been talking sense to news media about issues around hereditary chiefs and elected councils. For e ...

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Karen Ogen-Toews on CBC, on moving on from pipeline protests

‘Whether we’re elected chiefs or hereditary chiefs, we must find ways forward for our people.’ And the ...

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First Nations LNG Alliance Newsletter 17 – Happy New Year to all!

(And was our December busy!)  Our social-media traffic soared in December, with big interest in posts that centred on t ...

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Come together for the Wet’suwet’en people

The following guest column by our Karen Ogen-Toews ran in the Prince George Citizen on 22 December 2018: It is difficult ...

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Hereditary chief in BC says community needs LNG pipeline

By Laurie Hamelin APTN News A hereditary chief in British Columbia says people standing in the way of the LNG pipeline n ...

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Gitxaala hereditary and elected chiefs work together for LNG

First Nations in BC “have an opportunity in front of us that is historic”, an opportunity that comes from the develo ...

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Dan George: Some chiefs support B.C. gas pipeline

The following is a guest column by our Alliance chair, Chief Dan George, that ran in The Vancouver Sun on 15 December 20 ...

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LNG means a lot to First Nations

Our letter to the editor in the Victoria Times Colonist on 08 December 2018: LNG means a lot to First Nations Re: “An ...

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John Alan Jack joins First Nations LNG Alliance

News release: John Alan Jack, an elected councillor of the Huu-ay-aht First Nations on Vancouver Island and chair of the ...

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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 Nati ...

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Lucy Sager: Indigenous drivers and the road to reconciliation

“Job applicant must have valid driver’s licence.” OK, no problem. Seventy-five per cent us in B.C. have a licence ...

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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 reconcilia ...

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News: Gitxaala chief joins Alliance

News release: Clifford White (Nees Ma’Outa), the newest member of the board of directors of the First Nations LNG ...

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Gitxaala see big opportunities in LNG

Chief Clifford White of the Gitxaala Nation sees much-needed benefits from LNG development, but long-term benefits will ...

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Economic Reconciliation, Part 3: Industry’s role

Third in a series By KAREN OGEN-TOEWS CEO, First Nations LNG Alliance So far, I’ve talked about First Nations and gove ...

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Economic Reconciliation, Part 2: Government’s role

Second in a series By KAREN OGEN-TOEWS CEO, First Nations LNG Alliance We introduced this series by talking about the ro ...

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What LNG means to First Nations

The following guest column by our CEO, Karen Ogen-Toews, was published by The Vancouver Sun on 21 October 2018: What LN ...

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Economic Reconciliation in Canada: a series

By KAREN OGEN-TOEWS CEO, First Nations LNG Alliance There are very many views of what reconciliation means. Here at the ...

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Pipeline ‘a pathway to reconciliation’

The following letter appeared in the Kitimat Northern Sentinel on October 18. Unfortunately, there is no digital version ...

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News release: LNG Canada to benefit First Nations

LNG Canada to benefit First Nations The long-awaited $40-billion LNG Canada project at Kitimat, and the associated pipel ...

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LNG, and the Alliance, in the news

LNG in BC has been making headlines lately. One of the latest was when BC Premier John Horgan addressed the Union of BC ...

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Alliance echoes support for LNG

The First Nations LNG Alliance joins 14 BC mayors in supporting LNG development, and expressing concern about a jurisdic ...

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Alliance applauds BC pipeline agreements

The First Nations LNG Alliance cheered today the announcement that the Coastal GasLink Pipeline has signed community and ...

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Fourteen northern BC mayors press support for LNG

Fourteen northern B.C. mayors whose communities would financially benefit from the planned LNG Canada multi-billion liqu ...

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Natural gas deal benefits salmon in Huu-ay-aht waters

The following story ran on CBC News: A financial deal between the Huu-ay-aht First Nations and a natural gas exporter ...

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Dan George: Court case threatens Indigenous benefits

This guest column by our Alliance chair, Chief Dan George, appeared in The Vancouver Sun on 10 August 2018: First Natio ...

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Coastal GasLink signing ceremonies

TransCanada announced June 26 that its Coastal GasLink Pipeline project has conditionally awarded $620 million in contra ...

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Blog: From LNG, ‘real benefits’ needed

“For First Nations to be true partners in LNG development, real benefits must materialize.” That was one of the key ...

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Blog: First Nations’ Engagement on LNG

We’ve looked in our blogs at employment issues and government relations, as discussed in the Joint Engagement Report t ...

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First Nations LNG Alliance Newsletter 16 – Pipeline work for First Nations

Good news in two ways: First, the announcement of the conditional award of $620 million in contract work to First Nation ...

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Pipeline pacts for First Nations ‘terrific’

The First Nations LNG Alliance hailed today the announcement by Coastal GasLink Pipeline of the conditional award of $62 ...

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LNG: First Nations skin in the game

In our last blog, we looked at employment issues — “sustainable/long-term jobs instead of intense short-term labour ...

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Blog: LNG and careers, not just jobs

While we support the responsible development of natural gas and LNG, and the benefits that can mean for First Nations, d ...

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First Nations LNG Alliance Newsletter 15 – Chief Crystal Smith: Video interview

Crystal Smith, chief councillor of the Haisla Nation and a director of our Alliance, was interviewed at length by host S ...

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First Nations LNG Alliance Newsletter 14 – Work with First Nations? First, ask

Work with First Nations? First, ask  If there’s a “right way” for LNG industry to approach First Nations, it’s ...

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Pipeline benefit: a cultural revival

The benefits the Wet’suwet’en First Nation looks for from natural-gas pipeline proponents are typical—jobs ...

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Indigenous leaders see new hope for LNG

‘Once in a lifetime’ economic opportunity for B.C.’s northwest By Tom Fletcher Legislature reporter, Black Press  ...

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First Nations LNG Alliance Newsletter 13 – Our Mission to Victoria

Wednesday May 9 is a big day for our First Nations LNG Alliance, and a big opportunity to get across our message on LNG, ...

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Huu-ay-aht look to LNG to help ‘close the gap’

Huu-ay-aht First Nations, a modern treaty Nation on the west coast of Vancouver Island, really understand sustainable an ...

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First Nations LNG Alliance Newsletter 12 – Meeting the BC government

The Alliance is working towards a meeting in Victoria with the government NDP caucus, with the participation of some Fir ...

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For the Haisla, LNG is spelled HOPE

The Haisla First Nation comprises about 1,800 people, more than half of them living in Kitamaat Village, 10 km south of ...

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What? No market for LNG?

One thing you can say for BC Green Party leader Andrew Weaver: When he takes a position, he can sure stick to it: “I ...

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First Nations LNG Alliance Newsletter 11 – Showing First Nations support for LNG

Showing First Nations support for LNG Eco-activists often tell people in social and other media that there is huge oppos ...

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First Nations back LNG: New report

There’s a “high degree of support” among First Nations for LNG in BC, finds a new report from our Alliance and BC ...

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First Nations back LNG: Report

There’s a “high degree of support” among First Nations for LNG development in BC, a new report finds. “In fact, ...

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Alliance applauds BC support for LNG

First Nations LNG Alliance applauds BC support for LNG British Columbia’s First Nations LNG Alliance gave thumbs ...

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First Nations LNG Alliance Newsletter 10 – Steps forward for LNG in BC

Since our last newsletter, there was a flurry of news on LNG in BC: LNG Canada told media that it is working on materia ...

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Haisla Nation supports LNG development

The following letter was publicly posted on 15 March 2018 by the Haisla First Nation, a couple of days after it was sent ...

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Blog: Canada’s slow waltz on LNG

One thing is for sure: The anticipated increase in demand from global LNG customers is fast accelerating activity among ...

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Blog: UNDRIP, and ‘the last word’

It’s all so simple to the person who, discussing LNG development, posted this comment on our Facebook page: “The ind ...

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Protecting First Nations interests in resource development

This guest column first ran in The Vancouver Sun almost a year ago, but the message still rings true. . . . By JOSEPH BE ...

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LNG in B.C. on First Nations’ terms

Our Karen Ogen-Toews in The Vancouver Sun: It’s time for activists, who paint First Nations as overwhelmingly opposed ...

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First Nations LNG Alliance Newsletter 08 – Canada: the US discount store

That was a meaningful one-liner on Twitter from Ellis Ross:  “Canada; the resource discount store where the US does a ...

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BC LNG: the time is coming

We shake our collective Alliance heads when we get zealous comments such as these posted on our social media channels: ...

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The road to energy literacy

It’s easy to define energy literacy as “an understanding of the nature and role of energy in the world and daily liv ...

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Campaign to end import duties on LNG plant components

Ellis Ross, Haisla First Nations member and BC MLA for Skeena, has kicked off a letter-writing campaign calling on Ottaw ...

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First Nations LNG Alliance Newsletter 07 – A step forward for LNG in BC

A step forward for LNG in BC Congratulations to LNG Canada for another step forward in the long march toward the finish ...

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First Nations LNG Alliance Newsletter 06 – Indigenous Support For LNG

FIRST NATIONS, LNG, AND ECO-ACTIVISTS As CEO of the First Nations LNG Alliance, I offered northern BC newspapers an opin ...

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LNG, CO2, methane and emissions

Environmental NGOs continue to oppose LNG using all tactics available.  Their latest issue is suggesting that BC won ...

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First Nations, LNG, and eco-activists

LNG Alliance CEO Karen Ogen-Toews is dismayed by some environmental activists. A special opinion piece first published i ...

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First Nations LNG Alliance Newsletter 05

What conditions for LNG in BC? The under-new-management government of BC is working towards an official position on LNG ...

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Help from eco-activists? Be wary

The fact that we exist as an Alliance hangs on this: There are many First Nations who support responsible LNG developmen ...

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Our blog is . . . a First Nations lens

Love that we don’t have to start our new blogspace with a dictionary definition, especially one such as this: “A blo ...

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New report provides recommendations to increase indigenous participation in LNG sector

VANCOUVER BC — Today, the First Nations LNG Alliance released the Report on Indigenous Procurement Opportunities for L ...

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Opinion: LNG will be an important part of B.C.’s future

An article by our CEO, Karen Ogen, published by The Vancouver Sun on August 4, 2017: As supporters of responsible LNG d ...

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First Nations LNG Alliance Newsletter 04

This week’s highlights: Letter: Will First Nations end up losers after election? Video: LNG Education and Inform ...

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Letters: Will First Nations end up losers after election?

As we wait to see which party will lead the province forward, I believe not only that there is no clear winner for this ...

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First Nations LNG Alliance Newsletter 03

This week’s highlights: Article: Why LNG Prices Matter Opinion: LNG in B.C. – A certain future Headlines: R ...

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Opinion: LNG in B.C. — A certain future

By: FNLNGA CEO Karen Ogen-Toews, and BCLNGA CEO David Keane The question for the liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry in ...

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First Nations LNG Alliance Newsletter 02

This week’s highlights: Article: Gitga’at Nation Proposes Marine Emergency Response and Research Facility Arti ...

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Gitga’at Nation Proposes Marine Emergency Response and Research Facility

With major LNG projects proposed in Kitimat, such as the PNW LNG project, as well as the Kitimat LNG export facility for ...

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First Nations LNG Alliance Newsletter 01

This week’s highlights: Article: Oceans Protection Plan to Work with First Nations Infographic: Who is investing i ...

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Oceans Protection Plan to Work with First Nations

  There are numerous management changes on the horizon that will help safeguard B.C.’s oceans, thanks to Canada ...

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Job posting: Executive Assistant to the CEO

FIRST NATIONS LNG ALLIANCE JOB POSTING Title:                                      ...

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LNG Myth Busters – Part 2

  In a recent article, we busted two common myths associated with LNG development: Myth #1: CO2 emissions from LNG ...

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Natural Gas and Pipeline Safety

Across B.C. and Canada, natural gas is transported to urban areas for cooking, heat and other domestic uses. Natural gas ...

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LNG Myth Busters: Natural Gas: Clean or Dirty? Part 1

The development of LNG projects has a lot of people talking about the environmental impacts of using natural gas and how ...

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Huu-ay-aht votes in favour of Sarita LNG

This past week, Huu-ay-aht First Nations citizens voted 70% in favour of developing and co-managing a liquefied natural ...

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TransCanada seeking approval to start construction on the North Montney Mainline project

TransCanada is seeking permission from the National Energy Board (NEB) to start construction on the North Montney Mainli ...

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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 mov ...

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Want to know more about LNG shipping on the B.C. Coast?

As coastal B.C. communities see nearly 20 LNG projects proposed along the coast, many are looking for more information a ...

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LNG Canada: Project Update

The Final Investment Decision (FID) for the proposed LNG Canada project near Kitimat, was originally expected back in Ju ...

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Grassroots Group Promotes LNG in Fort St. John

Since the conditional federal approval of the Pacific NorthWest LNG (PNW LNG) project was announced on B.C.’s north c ...

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$30 million Aboriginal Skills Development Fund enters final year of allocation

For many, the anticipated jobs that will result from LNG projects can’t come soon enough. However, the delays in getti ...

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Funding available to First Nations for environmental assessment participation

A common question: Do First Nations communities impacted by resource development projects in B.C. have a legitimate voic ...

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First Nations receive funding for education, skills training, and economic development

There are many resource development projects that have been proposed throughout B.C., and with them will come jobs and r ...

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Is LNG safe?

Is LNG Safe? Natural gas is an important source of energy in British Columbia. But, when people talk about proposed LNG ...

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Saulteau First Nations Negotiate Agreement on Natural Gas Pipeline

The Saulteau First Nations have reached an agreement with the B.C. Government for the Coastal Gaslink LNG pipeline. The ...

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Woodfibre LNG receives official go-ahead

Photo credit: Woodfibre LNG At last, a final investment decision (FID) for a Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) project was reache ...

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FNLNGA CEO travels to Tokyo to discuss LNG opportunities in B.C.

This October, Karen Ogen-Toews was invited to attend the fall meeting of The American Bar Association in Tokyo, Japan in ...

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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 pres ...

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Press Release: The First Nations LNG Alliance Supports Federal Government Approval of Pacific NorthWest LNG

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Vancouver, B.C. – September 28, 2016 – The First Nations LNG Alliance (FNLNGA) suppor ...

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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 ...

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