On November 29, 2014, at the Huu-ay-aht First Nations People’s Assembly, Huu-ay-aht citizens voted to continue to explore the proposed development of a US$30 billion LNG Project at Sarita Bay on Vancouver Island. The People’s Assembly vote approves the lease of Huu-ay-aht-owned land, which will be turned into Treaty Settlement Lands, to the proposed Project and conducting comprehensive environmental, traditional-use and technical studies in advance of a final investment decision expected in 2018.

The People’s Assembly vote comes after months of intensive community engagement with Huu-ay-aht citizens, which saw Huu-ay-aht government and staff members, Steelhead CEO Nigel Kuzemko and Steelhead LNG engineers and staff members meet regularly with Huu-ay-aht citizens in Anacla, Port Alberni, Vancouver, Victoria and Nanaimo. The work to address Huu-ay-aht citizens’ questions and concerns included community engagement sessions, home visits, visits for Steelhead LNG staff to important Huu-ay-aht cultural sites, as well as a tour of hydraulic fracturing operations in Alberta for Huu-ay-aht representatives.

Steelhead LNG and Huu-ay-aht First Nations will now conduct a wide range of environmental and technical studies, including but not limited to: air quality, Huu-ay-aht traditional land use, marine and freshwater resources (fishing, marine and freshwater habitats, marine transportation and use), wildlife (migratory birds, species at risk), noise, transportation and roads and socio-economic issues.



While the project could provide once-in-a lifetime opportunities to provide revenues and opportunities for our citizens, it also raises important issues and questions, which we will work hard to address and answer. They include:

  • What’s in it for us?
  • What are the risks for us? What effects do LNG projects have on the environment, locally and globally?
  • How would an LNG facility affect our marine habitats and wildlife?
  • How would a project like this affect local communities, residents and businesses?
  • How would a project like this affect First Nations here on Vancouver Island, along the pipeline route and where the gas is extracted?
  • What are the environmental and safety records of people and companies involved in this project?
  • How would the construction and operation of an LNG facility on our territory affect our lands and our lives?
  • How will this project affect our children and the Huu-ay-aht people that will live on our lands long after we are gone?

Additional issues we’ll look at include:

  • Labour
  • Safety
  • LNG facilities
  • Revenue
  • Risks
  • Road improvements
  • Skills training
  • Tanker traffic
  • Traffic
  • Water use


As the proposed Project moves into the feasibility stage, five new jobs for Huu-ay-aht citizens will be created in early 2015 to support the different activities related to the next phase of the proposed Project. The first position will be for a Huu-ay-aht Employment Strategy Advisor, who will create a long-term education and training strategy for Huu-ay-aht citizens to secure the direct and spin-off jobs that will be created if the LNG facility goes ahead.

To that end, Huu-ay-aht First Nations and Steelhead LNG will work with the provincial government and Vancouver Island colleges to develop new programs that would provide Huu-ay-aht citizens with funding and training for LNG project-related jobs such as pipefitters, welders, plumbers, iron workers, equipment operators and electricians. The long-term employment strategy for Huu-ay-aht citizens will also include capacity-building education and training for a wide range of administrative, technical and professional service careers.


To provide Huu-ay-aht First Nations citizens, neighbouring First Nations, area residents and the public with as much information as possible, we are posting questions and answers about all aspects of the proposed Project on the Huu-ay-aht First Nations and Steelhead LNG websites.

We are also conducting comprehensive community engagement, which will include community engagement sessions, a project website, project newsletter/updates, regular project update meetings, a Facebook page, emails, site visits, public open houses, engaging neighbouring First Nations, an information phone line and advisory groups.


If you have any questions or comments we encourage you to send them to us using the form below. The name, city and organization fields are optional. If you would like us to respond to you directly, please provide your email.

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Huu-ay-aht First Nations
Port Alberni Government Office
3483 Third Ave
Port Alberni, BC
Phone: 250-723-0100, ext. 243
Fax: 250-723-4646
Steelhead LNG
650-669 Howe Street
Vancouver, BC  V6C 0B4
Phone: 604-235-3800

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