Natural gas pipeline agreements with First Nations

The Foundation Pathway Agreement, a key step toward developing a powerful new approach to reconciliation, a first-of-its-kind 25-year agreement is signed by John Rustad, Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation, and Wilf Adam, Chief of Lake Babine Nation. The Foundation Pathway Agreement also strengthens Lake Babine’s participation in the regional forest economy. Developing a longer-term agreement will allow BC and Lake Babine to co-operatively design incremental steps to address and implement rights and title, clarify respective governance and decision-making, improve social conditions, and build trust and accountability over time.

The B.C. government has entered into 64 natural gas pipeline benefits agreements with 29 eligible First Nations (more than 90 per cent) located along four proposed natural gas pipeline routes.

These agreements are helping to establish long-term working relationships that include sharing benefits associated with the natural gas pipelines and providing support for LNG development that is environmentally and socially responsible, and respectful of Aboriginal rights.

Natural gas pipeline benefits agreements with First Nations are part of the B.C. government’s comprehensive plan to partner with First Nations on LNG opportunities, which includes increasing First Nations’ access to skills training and environmental stewardship projects.

Prince Rupert Gas Transmission Pipeline Project

The Prince Rupert Gas Transmission Pipeline Project is a proposed 900-kilometre natural gas pipeline to deliver natural gas from the Hudson’s Hope area to the planned Pacific NorthWest LNG facility near Prince Rupert. The pipeline will form a vital link from the gas fields of northeastern B.C. to the proposed LNG facility should development of the facility proceed.

To date, 17 of the 19 First Nations along the Prince Rupert Gas Transmission pipeline route have pipeline benefits agreements in place with the Province. The agreements with 14 First Nations along the pipeline route are public and the other agreements will be made public as they take effect. The public agreements are with the following First Nations:

  • Doig River First Nation
  • Halfway River First Nation
  • McLeod Lake Indian Band
  • Gitanyow First Nation
  • Gitxsan First Nation
  • Lake Babine First Nation
  • Nisga’a First Nation
  • Yekooche First Nation
  • Takla Lake First Nation
  • Tl’azt’en First Nation
  • Gitxaala First Nation
  • Kitselas First Nation
  • Lax Kw’alaams Band
  • Metlakatla First Nation

Coastal GasLink Pipeline Project

The Coastal GasLink Pipeline Project is a 670 kilometre natural gas pipeline from the Dawson Creek area to the proposed LNG Canada facility near Kitimat. The Province has reached natural gas pipeline benefits agreements with 17 of the 20 First Nations along the proposed pipeline route. Fourteen First Nations have public agreements and other agreements will be made public as they take effect. The 14 public agreements are with the following First Nations:

  • Doig River First Nation
  • Halfway River First Nation
  • McLeod Lake Indian Band
  • Saulteau First Nations
  • West Moberly Lake First Nations
  • Lheidli T’enneh First Nation
  • Yekooche First Nation
  • Nee Tahi Buhn First Nation
  • Moricetown Indian Band
  • Skin Tyee First Nation
  • Wet’suwet’en First Nation
  • Burns Lake Band
  • Stellat’en First Nation
  • Kitselas First Nation

Westcoast Connector Gas Transmission Project

The Westcoast Connector Gas Transmission Project is a proposal to build a natural gas pipeline approximately 850 kilometres in length to carry natural gas from production areas in northeast B.C. to BG Canada’s proposed LNG export facility on Ridley Island, near Prince Rupert. British Columbia has reached natural gas pipeline benefits agreements with 15 of 19 First Nations along the proposed route. The following five First Nations have agreements that are public:

  • Gitanyow First Nation
  • Takla Lake First Nation
  • Gitxaala First Nation
  • Kitselas First Nation
  • Metlakatla First Nation

Pacific Trail Pipeline Project

The Pacific Trail Pipeline Project is a proposed 480 kilometre natural gas pipeline to deliver gas from Summit Lake, B.C. to the Kitimat LNG facility site at Bish Cove on the northwest coast. All 16 First Nations located along the proposed route have come together to form the First Nations Limited Partnership (FNLP). The Province has an agreement with the FNLP that will provide an estimated $32 million in direct benefits, during the construction phases of the project. The 16 First Nations of FNLP are:

  • Haisla Nation
  • Kitselas First Nation
  • Lax Kw’alaams Band
  • Lheidli T’enneh First Nation
  • McLeod Lake Indian Band
  • Metlakatla First Nation
  • Nadleh Whut’en First Nation
  • Nak’azdli Band
  • Nee Tahi Buhn Indian Band
  • Saik’uz First Nation
  • Skin Tyee First Nation
  • Stellat’en First Nation
  • Ts’il Kaz Koh (Burns Lake) First Nation
  • West Moberly First Nations
  • Wet’suwet’en First Nation
  • Moricetown Band
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