In his Key Note Presentation delivered to the British Columbia Natural Resource Forum last week, Andy Calitz, CEO of LNG Canada discussed the depth of consultation and relationship building that gathered support of many First Nations for the project.
“When LNG Canada chose Kitimat as the location for our project, we reached out to First Nations leaders and local community officials to help us understand what we needed to do to manage and protect their communities. We spent a great deal of time building relationships, listening and learning. We were fortunate that the Haisla were open to LNG development and so willing to share their traditional knowledge and experience. We had a similar experience with the Nations along our shipping route. We spent years studying how our project could co-exist with the natural environment – air, land, water — and manage our greenhouse gas footprint. We designed our facility to have the lowest CO2 emissions of any large-scale LNG export facility operating in the world today. We recognized the concern about climate change and we wanted to be part of the solution. During that time, we learned that many First Nations were tired of managing poverty. Our project, they told us, could change that, and instead, provide the opportunity to manage prosperity
These are the names of First Nations that said YES to responsible resource development in their territories: At the LNG Canada export facility • Haisla Nation • Gitga’at First Nation • Gitxaala Nation • Kitselas First Nation • Kitsumkalum First Nation Along the Coastal GasLink pipeline right-of-way: • Blueberry River First Nations • Burns Lake Indian Band • Cheslatta Carrier Nation • Doig River First Nation 4 • Haisla Nation • Halfway River First Nation • Kitselas First Nation • Lheidli-T’enneh First Nation • McLeod Lake Indian Band • Nadleh Whut’en First Nation • Nak’azdli Whut’en • Nee Tahi Buhn Band • Saik’uz First Nation • Saulteau First Nations • Skin Tyee First Nation • Stellat’en First Nation • West Moberly First Nations • Wet’suwet’en First Nation • Witset First Nation • Yekooche First Nation It is these Nations that the country should be marching for. Nations that want to use the LNG opportunity to improve the lives of their members”
Find out more about the LNG Canada export facility at the Petroleum Joint Venture Association’s Luncheon on February 14, 2019 from 11:15am to 1:00pm at the Calgary Petroleum Club with speaker Steve Corbin, Executive Project Director for LNG Canada speaking on the topic “Building on the promise of LNG in Canada”.
Tickets – $50.00 or $60.00
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