We’re most pleased to have posted this week, through the world LNG2023 convention in Vancouver, a particular take a look at LNG: “Canadian LNG is Indigenous. Indigenous values are powering Canada’s low-carbon LNG alternative.”
A brand new web page at https://indigenouslng.ca/ identified how Indigenous-supported LNG from Canada provides clear options for the world’s power trilemma, the way it means a powerful dedication to the surroundings, and the way it’s additionally financial reconciliation at work.
One other message: “The trail to low-carbon LNG is thru sturdy Indigenous participation in initiatives corresponding to Cedar (Haisla Nation), Ksi Lisims LNG (Nisga’a Nation), the Coastal Gaslink pipeline and LNG Canada, Tilbury LNG (FortisBC) and Woodfibre LNG.
The messages additionally appeared as a full-page nationwide advert in The Globe and Mail.
Because it mentioned: “Make no mistake, Canadian LNG is Indigenous LNG, a premium product that can present advantages domestically, provincially, nationally and internationally, nicely into the longer term.”
And we had an digital billboard signal (pictured beneath) at Canada Place in Vancouver. All of the channels drew sturdy on-line audiences.
Our because of these supporters who helped make the particular web page and the nationwide advert and billboard occur: Coastal GasLink, TC Power, Ksi Lisims LNG, LNG Canada, FortisBC, and Seaspan.
Others who perceive the necessity for LNG, the abroad and home advantages of Canadian LNG, and Indigenous partnerships, have been additionally heard at and across the four-day worldwide convention, which ran Monday by Thursday on the Vancouver Conference Centre.
- Our Alliance CEO, Karen Ogen: “LNG growth has supplied instant and medium-term alternatives to raise hundreds of Indigenous individuals out of intergenerational poverty. We’re already seeing advantages from employment, coaching, contracting, procurement, and advantages agreements.”
- Our Alliance chair, Chief Councillor Crystal Smith of the Haisla nation: “My nation is the proponent of an LNG challenge on BC’s west coast: Cedar LNG. The most important majority First Nation-owned infrastructure challenge in Canadian historical past, and the primary Indigenous-owned LNG export terminal on the planet. . . . I’ve watched our nation primarily sitting on the sidelines to look at everyone else prosper off growth in our territories and now I see how we’re sitting round tables as companions inside a challenge.”
Woodfibre LNG’s president, Christine Kennedy, mentioned Indigenous participation in main initiatives is completely important. “It’s one of many constructing blocks to have the ability to construct a challenge within the first place. It’s essential all through from the early planning and design levels proper by the regulatory cycle and into building.”
(There was additionally information that Woodfibre LNG is near signing offtake agreements for the remaining 30% of its capability. It had way back pre-sold 70%.)
And whereas information media famous the absence of senior federal ministers corresponding to Pure Assets Minister Jonathan Wilkinson, Randy Boissonnault, Canada’s tourism minister and affiliate minister of finance, advised the convention that Canada wants an “at-scale” LNG financial system to maintain up within the world struggle in opposition to local weather change.
“The world’s main economies are shifting at an unprecedented fee and tempo to struggle local weather change, retool their economies and construct the net-zero industries of tomorrow,” he mentioned. “Canada should preserve tempo as a result of we can not afford to fall behind – that’s the reason the event of an at-scale LNG financial system is a strategic precedence for Canada.
“The very fact is, we face a altering local weather, and to make use of a really Canadian assertion, we should skate to the place the puck goes.”
For Alliance board member Clifford White, a spotlight of LNG2023 was a sidebar assembly of First Nations leaders with Enbridge, a “convention inside a convention” on local weather change and environmental points. “That was good.”
He added: “All through the general convention itself there have been main Indigenous occasions, and Indigenous points and LNG have been fairly nicely lined.” And he discovered a lot assist for the Haisla Nation’s Cedar LNG challenge, and the Nisga’a Nation’s Ksi Lisims LNG plan.
Amongst attendees have been delegates from New Brunswick pushing for LNG growth, in a province the place fracking (hydraulic fracturing) for pure gasoline was banned in 2013. (Premier Blaine Higgs says it now needs to be permitted, so gasoline can change coal for energy era, and be used to provide LNG and hydrogen.)
“There have been individuals trying to the First Nations LNG Alliance, individuals looking for assist, if we might assist that,” mentioned Chief White.
He mentioned the occasion additionally drew a federal assistant deputy minister of pure sources, Erin O’Brien. “He was occupied with seeing if the Alliance might assist assist the Japanese provinces on LNG, and probably seeing if the First Nations LNG Alliance might . . . give them a go to to assist assist them.”
Fellow board member Jackie Thomas: “It was a beautiful convention, and thrilling. I caught a number of the closing remarks, and one man mentioned, ‘The temper within the air is confidence.’ And that’s why it was fantastic.”
She was with a bunch that met with Alberta Premier Danielle Smith. “Truthfully, I didn’t anticipate us to be assembly together with her, and ambassadors from 5 different international locations. We have been all in there downside fixing . . . for Canada.
“I feel it labored out nicely for us First Nations. It was so good to see us beginning to take our place on the stage, and telling our story. . . .It’s so good to see the seeds of our labour bear fruit.”
And: “I feel we’re going to get there, to sustainable growth with our consent and involvement.”
(Posted right here 14 July 2023)