Our CEO Karen Ogen-Toews was a topic-leader in Fort St. John at the Northeast BC Resource Municipalities Coalition’s ‘BC Energy Roadmap’ event.
She told the full-house audience how LNG and resource development can benefit people of all backgrounds, and help tackle First Nations’ poverty and social issues:
“If we can get those economic wheels turning for our communities and bring in revenue, that will help address some of the social issues that we deal with on a daily basis. We want to be able to increase the quality of life for our people.
“When you look at the rest of Canada and you look at First Nations, our quality of life is less than the average Canadian citizen’s.
“We want to be able to level the playing fields. We want to see more of our people in post-secondary, being teachers, nurses, doctors.”
Karen (left) at the Fort St. John event. With her: Fort St. John Mayor Lori Ackerman, and Stewart Muir, executive director of the Resource Works Society.
Before going to Fort St. John, Karen wrote a guest column in The Vancouver Sun, headlined ‘LNG in B.C. on First Nations’ terms.’
Among others, she quoted Haisla member Ellis Ross: “When you look at the evidence of First Nations who embraced economic development for the jobs, the training — their social issues go away. And those First Nations have the ability to address their own issues on their own terms.”
Karen added: ‘On First Nations’ terms, that is, not on terms dictated by industry or environmentalists who claim to speak for First Nations. . . . And there’s no one better qualified than First Nations to know how to protect their environment.’
- We followed that up on our website with our latest blog, in which Chief Robert J. Dennis Sr. of the Huu-ay-aht looks at UNDRIP, and ‘collaborative consent’ on issues affecting Indigenous territory.
We launched two new online features last week:
- First, a new Events Calendar on our website. Do let us know about LNG-related and resource-related First Nations events that we can list. (We can also give such events a push on our social media channels as well.)
- Second, we launched our new LinkedIn page. For the moment, it’s carrying much the same material as on our Twitter and Facebook pages, but it will grow. If you’re on LinkedIn, do follow us, and let others know we’re there.
ALSO IN THE NEWS
Those social-media channels of ours have been busy. Among things we have covered in the last few days:
- Tom Flanagan: First Nations can prosper through resource development.
- ‘A bigger financial role for First Nations could help unlock oil and gas reserves in Canada.’
- Shell says a world shortage of LNG is coming because of underinvestment in new projects:
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