First Nations Friday

B.C.’s First Nations groups naturally vary on opinions over the Kinder Morgan project, some of that depends on where they are located… a quick recap:

In 2016, many First Nation Leaders around Port Alberni and the island signed ‘mutual-benefit’ agreements with Kinder Morgan. At the time, while agreements were not available publicly, Kinder Morgan said it was committing more than $300 million to aboriginal communities through the agreements and a variety of community studies, relationship and procurement activities.

In 2018, however, a lot has changed. The province announced plans Tuesday morning to put a restriction on the amount of diluted bitumen that can be transported by pipeline or rail until the province can better understand the ability to mitigate spills.

A quick ask from me: Is Vancouver concerned about a spill on the ocean or the pipeline itself? From what I read, it has more to do with the ocean and the narrows…

A look back to 2016: Not to single out the Huu-ay-aht , but they made a great point:

Elected Chief Coun. Robert Dennis Sr. said Trans Mountain would have minimal impact on the Huu-ay-aht community, since tanker traffic would pass far offshore and outside of its fishing area.

While consultation is appropriate, he said he didn’t think it was the First Nation’s right to claim jurisdiction over the decision. (Wow! What an honest and thoughtful opinion! )

Back to 2018: The same group is in the works with Steelhead LNG to finish up details on the engineering study for the project development of the LNG. The proposed Kwispaa LNG project, is located on the west coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada and is licensed to export up to 24 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) of liquefied natural gas (LNG) for 25 years.

OK, so, we have First Nations representatives who are concerned about the environment and their people, and naturally concerned about their futures! They’ve understood that mutual discussion and honest conversation is the way to do business! (Couldn’t agree more!)

As I’ve mentioned before I attended a seminar in Saskatoon hosted by Saskatoon Tribal council with affiliates from First Nation Power Authority. The theme was clear: We want to make the right financial decisions for our people, as well as the right decisions for those same people’s futures! (Makes sense to me)

Our energy future is important to everyone, our environmental future is VERY important to everyone.

The power of respect and open dialogue is exponential, and ignoring the other side’s views and opinions is not how I want to be a part of the Energy conversation.

That’s your First Nations Friday.


Kelly Hall

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