DAKELH TERRITORY, PRINCE GEORGE, BC, Oct. 9, 2013 /CNW/ - First Nations,
governments and developers took a major step today towards making sure
First Nations are properly informed and equipped to make decisions
about proposed liquid natural gas (LNG) developments in Northern B.C.
Chiefs from First Nations affected by the 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.
Tribal Chief Terry Teegee from the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council, which
hosted the event, said: "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. These decisions are decisions of
the people, so today we have started to find ways of making sure they
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 (Oct 10) to discuss next
steps and to map out ways of making sure that communities are involved
in and understand any decisions made. Further announcements on this
process are expected in the coming weeks.
You can keep up to date with developments and join the discussion on
Twitter @firstnationslng using the hashtag #firstnationslng. You can also find information on
the program's Facebook page - search First Nations LNG Strategy.
Notes for editors:
Images, video and audio from the day will be available.
SOURCE: Carrier Sekani Tribal Council
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