The Province of B.C. and Gitga'at First Nation reached an LNG benefit agreement late March

The Province of B.C. and Gitga'at First Nation reached an LNG benefit agreement late March

Gitga’at won’t oppose Pacific NorthWest LNG, sign deal with province

An LNG benefits agreement has been inked between the Province of B.C. and Gitga'at First Nation of Hartley Bay.

An LNG benefits agreement has been inked between the province and Gitga’at First Nation of Hartley Bay.

The Band Council’s chief councillor Arnold Clifton signed the agreement on March 29, a day before aboriginal relations and reconciliation minister John Rustad publicly announced a similar agreement with the Kitselas First Nation.

The 51-page benefits agreement obtained by the Northern View, confirms that the Gitga’at will engage with the province in the development of the liquefied natural gas industry.

The Gitga’at will receive $1.5 million in base funding. Payments to the community will continue if an LNG project announces a final investment decision (FID) by March 31, 2019 there will be a one-time payment of $250,000 and three annual payments of $500,000. If an LNG facility is constructed, the province has also agreed to give the Gitga’at in-service payments based on volume. Parcels of land will also be transferred to the Gitga’at First Nation.

In addition, the province will support a Marine Emergency Response and Research Facility near Hartley Bay to monitor potential environmental effects associated with LNG vessels and to provide an economic opportunity to members.

For Gitga’at members living in Prince Rupert, the government agreed to give the nation $500,000 to set up a permanent space in the city for meetings and training if an LNG project comes to light.

The agreement comes after the Gitga’at launched a legal challenged against Pacific NorthWest LNG in July 2015 to review the lack of consultation done by Petronas, the Malaysian state-controlled company leading the project.

Within the LNG impact benefits agreement, Pacific NorthWest LNG is included in the list of projects the Gitga’at will not oppose.

LNG benefits agreements have now been signed by Metlakatla, Lax Kw’alaams, Kitselas and the the Gitga’at.

“The province is working with Kitsumkalum and Gitxaala First Nations on agreements related to potential LNG facilities near Prince Rupert,” said Edward Hill, a spokesperson for the province.

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

An aerial shot of Cedar Valley Lodge this past August, LNG Canada’s newest accommodation for workers. This is where several employees are isolating after a COVID-19 outbreak was declared last Thursday (Nov. 19). (Photo courtesy of LNG Canada)
Forty-one positive COVID-19 cases associated with the LNG Canada site outbreak

Thirty-four of the 41 cases remain active, according to Northern Health

Cases have gone up in Northern Health in the past week, as they have all over B.C. (K-J Millar/Black Press Media)
Northern Health reports new highest number of COVID-19 cases in one day

Nineteen cases were reported to Public Health last Tuesday (Nov. 17)

FILE – British Columbia provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry wears a face mask as she views the Murals of Gratitude exhibition in Vancouver, on Friday, July 3, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Masks now mandatory in all public indoor and retail spaces in B.C.

Many retailers and businesses had voiced their frustration with a lack of mask mandate before

(Photo courtesy of LNG Canada)
An aerial shot of Cedar Valley Lodge this past August, LNG Canada’s newest accommodation for workers. This is where several employees are isolating after a COVID-19 outbreak was declared Thursday.
COVID-19 outbreak at LNG Canada Project site

14 employees have tested positive for COVID-19 at this time

A man has been arrested after a Nov. 11 break and enter at the Sandspit Airport, Queen Charlotte RCMP said in a media release on. Nov 17. (Black Press Media files)
Man arrested after Nov. 11 break and enter at local airport

Queen Charlotte RCMP investigate recent spate of break and enters

People wearing face masks to help curb the spread of COVID-19 cross a street in downtown Vancouver, on Sunday, November 22, 2020. The use of masks is mandatory in indoor public and retail spaces in the province. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. reports 17 COVID deaths, 1,933 new cases as hospitalizations surge over the weekend

There are 277 people in hospital, of whom 59 are in ICU or critical care

Workers arrive at the Lynn Valley Care Centre seniors home, in North Vancouver, B.C., on Saturday, March 14, 2020. It was the site of Canada’s first COVID-19 outbreak in a long-term care facility. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Rapid tests ‘not a panacea’ for care homes, Dr. Bonnie Henry says

B.C. lacks capacity for daily tests of thousands of workers

(Delta Police Department photo)
Cannabis edibles found in Halloween bag lead B.C. police to illegal lab

Delta police arrested a man and a woman while executing a warrant at a residential property Nov. 20

A woman being arrested at a Kelowna Value Village after refusing to wear a mask on Nov. 22.(@Jules50278750/Twitter)
VIDEO: Woman arrested for refusing to wear mask at Kelowna Value Village

RCMP claims the woman was uncooperative with officers, striking them a number of times and screaming

B.C. Liberal MLA Shirley Bond questions NDP government ministers in the B.C. legislature, Feb. 19, 2020. (Hansard TV)
Cabinet veteran Shirley Bond chosen interim leader of B.C. Liberals

28-member opposition prepares for December legislature session

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good
Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Motorists wait to enter a Fraser Health COVID-19 testing facility, in Surrey, B.C., on Monday, November 9, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
COVID-19: What do rising positivity rates mean for B.C.? It’s not entirely clear

Coronavirus cases are on the rise but the province has not unveiled clear thresholds for further measures

A rider carves a path on Yanks Peak Saturday, Nov. 21. Two men from Prince George went missing on the mountain the next day. One of them, Colin Jalbert, made it back after digging out his sled from four feet under the snow. The other, Mike Harbak, is still missing. Local search and rescue teams went out looking Monday, Nov. 23. (Sam Fait Photo)
‘I could still be the one out there’: Snowmobiler rescued, 1 missing on northern B.C. mountain

As Quesnel search and rescue teams search for the remaining rider, Colin Jalbert is resting at home

More than 70 anglers participated in the bar-fishing demonstration fishery on Sept. 9, 2020 on the Fraser River near Chilliwack. DFO officers ticketed six people and seized four rods. A court date is set for Dec. 1, 2020. (Jennifer Feinberg/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Anglers ticketed in Fraser River demonstration fishery heading to court

Sportfishing groups started a GoFundMe with almost $20K so far for legal defence of six anglers

Most Read