VANCOUVER, July 24, 2013 /CNW/ - British Columbia based FN (PTP) Group
Limited Partnership (FNLP) is delighted to confirm the appointment of
the Honourable Bob Rae to the Board of Directors. The appointment
comes as FNLP prepares to implement the $200 million commercial
agreement concluded earlier this year with the Pacific Trail Pipelines
Limited Partnership (PTP LP), the pipeline component of the proposed
Kitimat LNG Project.
Mr. Rae has had a distinguished career as a public servant at the
highest levels of Canadian federal and provincial politics, including
roles as Interim Leader of the Federal Liberal Party and as Premier of
Ontario. His respect for Canada's First Nations is widely known. He
was an early supporter of the inherent right to self-government and has
assisted several Northern Ontario First Nations to achieve reserve
status. His government also signed a groundbreaking "Statement of
Relationship" with Ontario's First Nations and developed strategies on
clean water and health care that became models for other governments.
Mr. Rae also pushed strongly for native rights to be included in
constitutional reforms and has spoken out frequently on issues of
importance to First Nations.
"Bob Rae has a proven track record of genuine concern for First Nations
and the advancement of their interests," stated Chief Ray Morris, a
member of the FNLP Executive Committee that oversaw the negotiation of
the commercial agreement with PTP LP. "We are fortunate that he has
chosen to offer his experience, network, judgment and diplomatic skills
to FNLP as one of British Columbia's most important LNG projects
continues to move forward."
"I am honoured to have been asked to assist in this process," said Mr.
Rae. "FNLP is an innovative model for how industry, governments and
First Nations can cooperate effectively with respect to major economic
development projects." Mr. Rae added that "the successful
implementation of the commercial agreement between First Nations, the
PTP LP and British Columbia will be critical to the project moving
forward successfully, which is important for the economy of the whole
In addition to his new role as Chairman of FNLP, Mr. Rae is now serving
as a negotiator for the Matawa Tribal Council in their discussions with
the government of Ontario. He is also teaching at the School of Public
Policy and Governance at the University of Toronto.
About First Nations (PTP) Group Limited Partnership (FNLP)
The First Nations (PTP) Group Limited Partnership (FNLP) is a limited
partnership of 15 First Nations whose traditional territories are
located along the proposed PTP pipeline route between Summit Lake and
Kitimat, British Columbia.
FNLP was formed to secure significant, reliable and long-term economic
benefits for its limited partners from the proposed PTP Project. The
following 15 First Nations are limited partners in FNLP: the Haisla
Nation, Kitselas First Nation, Lax Kw'alaams Band, Lheidli T'enneh
First Nation, McLeod Lake Indian Band, Metlakatla First Nation, Nadleh
Whut'en First Nation, Nak'azdli Band, Nee Tahi Buhn Indian Band,
Saik'uz First Nation, Skin Tyee First Nation, Stellat'en First Nation,
Ts'il Kaz Koh First Nation, West Moberly First Nations and Wet'suwet'en
The commercial agreement between PTP LP and FNLP will provide up to $200
million in financial benefits over the life of the PTP Project to the
15 FNLP First Nations. The agreement will also provide substantial
business, training and job opportunities for these First Nations. The
agreement package includes an Economic Partnership Agreement between
the Province of British Columbia and FNLP that will see up to $32
million contributed by the Province to facilitate a non-equity
investment into PTP LP by FNLP.
SOURCE: First Nations (PTP) Group Limited Partnership (FNLP)
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Director, Communications and Partnership Development
Havlik Metcs Limited