Showing First Nations support for LNG

Eco-activists often tell people in social and other media that there is huge opposition among First Nations to LNG development in BC.

This is not so, it is made clear in a new report from our Alliance and the BC Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources.

The report (it’s on our website) points out a “high degree of support” among First Nations for LNG development.

“In fact, many First Nations representatives raised the need to push the remaining projects over the finish line.”

In our news release on the report, Alliance CEO Karen Ogen-Toews, said: “We’re releasing the report to show that there is strong and real First Nations support for LNG development in BC.

“That means, by definition, responsible development that balances economics and the environment, and respects First Nations rights and title.”

Our news release was sent to key journalists who included Claudia Cattaneo of Financial Post. She wrote a story that got this headline: ‘New B.C. report discredits green groups’ narrative that First Nations are opposed to fossil fuel projects’. Read her story here.

Fort St. John’s EnergeticCity news website did its own story.

New board member joins Alliance

Robert J. Dennis Sr., chief councillor of the self-governing Huu-ay-aht First Nations on Vancouver Island, is the newest member of our Alliance’s board of directors.

He’s also been active with the Central Native Fisherman’s Co-op and the Port Alberni Friendship Centre. And these days he’s more than active in the Huu-ay-aht Nations’ co-management of the Kwispaa LNG project, with Steelhead LNG.

“We have the support of our people, we have the support of our hereditary chiefs and we have the support of our council for this project.”

Also in the news

Two days after our last newsletter, Premier John Horgan announced a new “framework” for LNG development in BC.

In an Alliance news release then, Karen Ogen-Toews hailed the new “level playing field” promised by the BC government. “It means increased opportunity for First Nations.” Read the full news release here

She was also interviewed by Business in Vancouver, which wrote:

“The agreements typically include opportunities for First Nation businesses and contractors along the pipeline route to bid on contracts for things like site clearing and supplying work camps, said Karen Ogen-Toews, former chief of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation and current CEO of the First Nations LNG Alliance.

“For the Wet’suwet’en, LNG provides economic development opportunities – skills training, new business development and new revenue streams – in a region where few other economic opportunities exist.

“‘When we’re able to do those things, then we’re able to say, ‘This is our own-source revenue,’ she said. ‘We’re able to build more houses. We’re able to increase the quality of life in terms of education and training. We’re able to look after the health and wellness of our community.’”

(The full story)

The government’s move drew other praise as well:

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(Posted here 04 April 2018)