May 17, 2016
We understand our membership is alarmed by today’s information bulletin on the BC Government News website. So are we. We want to stress to the Heiltsuk people that our Nation has not approved or consented to any LNG projects, or negotiated IBAs with any LNG proponents. The information bulletin from the BC Government severely mischaracterizes the nature of our regional conversation with BC around LNG. At a joint governance meeting with Heiltsuk Tribal Council and the Heiltsuk Hemas Council in March 2016 we collectively decided to proceed with a Letter of Understanding on Environmental Quality, North Coast Skills and Training, and the conclusion of the Atmospheric Benefit Sharing Agreement. None of these constitute support for LNG. This followed the community feedback we’d received about seeking training dollars and fighting for a voice at the table on marine shipping safety.
Nowhere in that agreement do we gesture support for LNG. Nor would we do so without a clear mandate from the people. We intend to make our objection known to the BC Government, and Coastal First Nations are preparing a clarifying statement as well.