Government and First Nations meet to discuss LNG future
Chiefs from First Nations affected by LNG developments and major energy companies were joined by the Japanese Ambassador, Minister of Natural Resources Joe Oliver and BC's Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation John Rustad in Dakelh Territory, Prince George.
"This is a great first step. Never before have so many of the people involved in a process like this come together to talk about how we might move forward," said Tribal Chief Terry Teegee from the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council, in a press release. "These decisions are decisions of the people, so today we have started to find ways of making sure they are involved."
British Columbia has become a focal point in the global race to provide LNG to the Asian market. Presently there are 12 players in B.C. with proposed projects to ship LNG to Asia. If built, these projects will impact around the points of gas extraction, along the gas pipelines and around ports and shipping routes.
First Nations leaders continue to meet tomorrow to discuss next steps.