“These agreements enable the Skin Tyee First Nation and Nee Tahi Buhn Indian Band to fully participate in the economic opportunities presented by LNG in British Columbia for generations to come,” Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation, John Rustad said in a written statement. “Benefit-sharing agreements such as these allow government and First Nations to come together as partners and provide industry with the certainty needed to make final investment decisions.”
The Skin Tyee First Nation will receive approximately $2.8 million from the province at various stages in the project:
This includes receiving $466,000 upon signing of the agreement, an additional $1.15 million when pipeline construction begins, and finally another $1.15 million when the pipeline is in service.
“First and foremost, as leaders, we need to decide what is in the best interest of our communities,” Chief Rene Skin of thSkin Tyee First Nation writes in the same statement. “We believe that the LNG industry is one of the paths to prosperity for our members and all British Columbians through good-paying jobs, economic growth and collaboration on long-term environmental stewardship.”
The Nee Tahi Buhn Indian Band is receiving a little less; $420,000 upon signing the agreement, $1.5 million when construction begins, and an additional $1.5 million when the pipeline is operating.
Both First Nations have already signed agreements that will provide $32 million in benefits once construction of Chevron/Apache Pacific Trails Pipeline begins – as both their traditional lands are within the route.
Skin Tyee First Nation has approximately 185 members and Nee Tahi Buhn Indian Band approximately 145 members
The provincial government issued an Environmental Assessment Certificate for the proposed Coastal GasLink Pipeline project on Oct. 24, 2014.