$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 getting LNG projects going in B.C. also represents a valuable opportunity for First Nations. These delays have provided the time needed for First Nations members to build new skills and get trained for the higher paying, …

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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 agreement could bring major economic opportunities through an initial cash payment of 3.9 million and a share of ongoing annual benefits if the line comes into operation. Along with other First Nations along the pipeline route, …

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Woodfibre LNG receives official go-ahead

At last, a final investment decision (FID) for a Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) project was reached in British Columbia. This month, Woodfibre LNG announced its funding approval for the proposed $1.6-billion natural gas liquefaction plant located in Squamish, BC. The need for a project to proceed was key for the provincial government to show that the …

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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 order to communicate the perspective of many First Nations in B.C. who support LNG development. The theme of this year’s conference was The Pacific Century: Progress and Predictions and consisted of over 60 panel discussions. …

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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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