Wet’suwet’en, Skin Tyee and Nee Tahi Buhn in north-central B.C. are the latest among a growing list of northern B.C. First Nations which have now signed revenue-sharing agreements, with the B.C. government, or benefits agreements with the companies proposing LNG projects.
They signed revenue deals with the province for TransCanada’s $4.7-billion Coastal GasLink natural gas pipeline that would feed the Shell-led $25-billion to $40-billion Canada LNG plant at Kitimat.
The Nisga’a in northwest B.C. signed a revenue deal with the province in late November for TransCanada’s $6-billion Prince Rupert Gas Transmission Project. That pipeline will feed Malaysian state-controlled Petronas’ $11-billion Pacific NorthWest LNG project at Port Edward, a tiny coastal community adjacent to Prince Rupert.
Wet’suwet’en First Nation chief Karen Ogen said: “Do we want a better life for our people? Yes, we do. How are we going to get it? Not by sitting here waiting for government handouts.”