THE PROVINCE – B.C. government funds LNG-related jobs study by First Nations

DECEMBER 17, 2014

FORT ST. JOHN — The B.C. government is giving money to a group of five First Nations to study liquefied natural gas-related job opportunities.

The province says the Treaty 8 Tribal Association will get nearly $134,000 for a labour market study that will culminate in a report to be released next year.

The project is expected to take 43 weeks and involve a consultant working with the First Nations to look at what skills are needed for future jobs in economic development, including LNG.

Peace River North MLA Pat Pimm said Treaty 8 members will play an important role in supplying workers to help with an expected labour shortage in the area.

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ALBERNI VALLEY TIMES – Huu-ay-aht approve LNG

Eric Plummer / Alberni Valley Times
December 2, 2014 12:00 AM

Massive project proceeds after favourable vote

A proposed liquefied natural gas plant southwest of Port Alberni took a major step toward realization Saturday when members of the Huu-ay-aht First Nations voted to proceed with the development on their land.

One hundred and twenty one citizens of the First Nation voted for the development to proceed while another 77 were against it at the Huu-ay-aht People’s Assembly, thereby allowing the lease of Treaty Settlement Lands in Sarita Bay for the LNG plant.

Led by Steelhead LNG, who have partnered with the First Nation’s government to explore the viability of the plant, the project is proposed to be a $30-billion export facility in Barkley Sound, approximately 70 kilometres southwest of Port Alberni. With natural gas pipelines extending from the B.C. mainland and a capacity to ship 24 million tonnes of liquefied product oversees annually, the proposed project in Sarita Bay would become the largest in British Columbia if fully developed. “Today’s vote is an indication that our nation is open for business and that certainty can be achieved for projects on First Nations territory in B.C.,” said Jeff Cook, Chief Councillor of the Huu-ay-aht First Nations, in a statement released Saturday.

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ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS – Huu-ay-aht vote yes

by Katya Slepian – Alberni Valley News
posted Nov 29, 2014 at 8:00 PM— updated Nov 29, 2014 at 9:35 PM

Further exploration of the proposed $30 billion LNG facility at Sarita Bay can now go ahead, following an affirmative vote from the Huu-ay-aht First Nations. 121 out of the 200 votes cast at the People’s Assembly on Saturday, Nov. 29 were in favour of continued exploration of the proposed facility.

Huu-ay-aht elected chief councillor Jeff Cook said that he felt good about the vote, despite the tension in the room.

“Although there was some division in the room, I think at the end of the day we all recognized the democratic decision,” he said.

With an affirmative from the Huu-ay-aht people, the project can now move ahead into the second stage of the project.

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