New LNG agreement with Saulteau First Nations

Credit: Saulteau First Nations official site.

Credit: Saulteau First Nations official site.

Saulteau First Nations and the B.C. government have reached a new agreement on the Coastal GasLink natural gas pipeline project to help ensure that the Saulteau community can participate in and benefit from B.C.’s LNG opportunity.

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 also includes increasing First Nations’ access to skills training and environmental stewardship projects.

“Benefits agreements are an important step towards sharing the prosperity that comes with natural gas development. We are building partnerships that are creating jobs and business opportunities while protecting First Nations cultures and the prospects of new investment,” said Rich Coleman, Minister of Natural Gas Development.

As part of the agreement, Saulteau First Nations will receive approximately $3.9 million in funding as construction-related milestones are reached. In addition, Saulteau and other First Nations along the natural gas pipeline route will share $10 million per year in ongoing benefits once the pipeline is in service.

Partnering with Saulteau First Nations is part of the B.C. government’s efforts to build meaningful relationships and partnerships with First Nations. In 2015, the government and Saulteau signed a New Relationship and Reconciliation Agreement which will help to protect areas of traditional importance and guide natural resource development in the province’s Northeast.

“This agreement is part of a growing recognition of our long-held treaty rights. It has the potential to help our community achieve its goals, and it represents another step towards a more balanced and respectful relationship between the Province and our Nation. Everyone must respect our treaty rights and work with us to find solutions,” said Chief Nathan Parenteau, Saulteau First Nations.

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