The government of British Columbia and the Lax Kw’alaams and Metlakatla First Nations have signed two revenue-sharing agreements, marking another milestone in development of LNG export facilities at Grassy Point.
B.C. Premier, Christy Clark, commented: “These agreements demonstrate our commitment to reconciliation and to working together with First Nations and proponents for LNG success. LNG presents a generational opportunity for First Nations and all British Columbians to grow our economy, create jobs and strengthen our communities.”
The revenue-sharing agreements with Lax Kw’alaams and Metlakatla First Nations share a portion of provincial government revenues from Sole Proponent Agreements (SPA) related to the Grassy Point lands, and proponents Aurora LNG and Woodside. The Grassy Point lands have been identified as the potential site for new LNG export facilities and the SPAs give the proponents the exclusive right to move forward with activities to inform planning for LNG development.
Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation, John Rustad, added: “I applaud the vision and commitment of the Lax Kw’alaams and Metlakatla leadership and their communities. This kind of collaboration with First Nations will underpin the economic security of their communities now and in the future and create greater certainty for the First Nations, industry and government.”
Global market place
Minister of Natural Gas Development, Rich Coleman, commented: “British Columbia is working quickly to ensure it is a leader in LNG development. Partnership with First Nations, government and industry will play a key role to ensure B.C. is in a strong position to compete in this new global market place.”
The B.C. government has negotiated these agreements with these two First Nations as their communities are located near the Grassy Point lands.
Spirit of partnership
Chief Harold Leighton, Metlakatla First Nation, explained: “We want to make sure our voice is heard when it comes to development within our traditional territory. These LNG revenue-sharing agreements are a good demonstration of what can be achieved when we approach development in the spirit of partnership and collaboration.”
Mayor Garry Reece, Lax Kw’alaams First Nation, added: “Our goal is to make sure our community has access to the right opportunities, through economic development, education and social development. Working with government and with these proponents on revenue-sharing is positive progress in our drive to ensure LNG has real, tangible benefits on the ground in the Northwest.”
BC Jobs Plan
These two agreements are the 23rd and 24th economic benefit agreements reached with First Nations since the BC Jobs Plan was launched in 2011.
Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward
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