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LNG Canada to start moving into Haisla Centre

Haisla LNG building

LNG Canada executive committee and Haisla Nation Council members following a walk-through of the Haisla Centre in May. Photo Cameron Orr

The units will only be for accommodating existing staff members

Gerry Leibel, Northern Sentinel, June 21, 2017

LNG Canada staff will this summer move into the recently completed Haisla Centre in Kitimat.

Haisla Nation Communications Co-ordinator Cameron Orr said LNG Canada holds a 10-year lease for the building, which was signed between the Haisla Nation Council and LNG Canada in 2015. Read the rest of this entry

Haisla Nation in tough waiting game as LNG delayed

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Haisla chief councillor Ellis Ross with a view in the background of his community and Douglas Channel in the fall of 2014. At the time, community members had jobs to pick from as preliminary work for potential LNG projects was underway and Rio Tinto was in the midst of a major upgrade project on its aluminum smelter in Kitimat. Now, Haisla members are leaving town to look for work as LNG projects are in limbo and the aluminum plant project is complete. Gordon Hoekstra / Vancouver Sun

by Gordon Hoekstra, Vancouver Sun, May 27, 2016

The Haisla Nation, which supports two of the leading proposed major LNG projects in B.C., is in a tough waiting game as the projects remain in limbo.

Activity on both the $25-billion to $40-billion Shell-led LNG Canada project and the $12-billion Chevron-led Kitimat LNG project proposed for the Kitimat area in northwest B.C., where the Haisla claim traditional territory, have slowed to a crawl. Read the rest of this entry

Kitimat mayor flash mobbed by ‘No Enbridge’ protesters at Haisla basketball game

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Feds clear way for LNG export plant on First Nations reserve at Kitimat B.C.

The Canadian Press, Jan 22, 2013

Members of Unis'tot'en camp, November 2012.

Members of Unis’tot’en camp, November 2012, blocking access to Pacific Trails Pipeline surveyors.

The federal government has cleared the way for a liquefied natural gas export plant on the B.C. coast.

Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Minister John Duncan says new regulations will allow the Kitimat LNG plant to be built on the Haisla First Nation’s Bees Indian Reserve. Read the rest of this entry

Haisla First Nation retreat from Gateway opposition

Nathan VanderKlippe, The Globe and Mail, Dec. 05 2012

Haisla band council chief Ellis Ross (centre).

Haisla band council chief Ellis Ross (centre).

The Haisla First Nation has pulled out of an organization that has ardently fought the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline and called for greener practices in the export of natural gas.
The Haisla said they have withdrawn from Coastal First Nations, amid a debate among aboriginal groups about the environmental impact of West Coast industrial development that has now blown out into the open. The move comes as the Haisla shift their position on oil exports from their traditional territory, which some see as evidence that opposition to Gateway is beginning to wane. Read the rest of this entry

Haisla Legal Struggle Against Enbridge

How First Nations Are Gearing Up for Legal Battle Against Gateway
Native groups likely to cite evidence they weren’t consulted as required by Supreme Court decisions

By Geoff Dembicki, January 30, 2012, TheTyee.ca
On Sept. 28, 2011, Enbridge appears to have made an extraordinary offer of peace to several of its most dedicated opponents.
The scene was a Coastal First Nations board meeting on Granville Street in downtown Vancouver. That alliance of native communities nestled in coves and inlets along B.C.’s jagged north coast had agreed to host Enbridge CEO Pat Daniel and three other senior company officials.
Relations between the Calgary-based pipeline giant and Coastal First Nations leaders were not exactly warm. Read the rest of this entry