DOB Special Report Highlights Importance of First Nations Engagement

Another solid outing in its LNG series of reports as Bill Whitelaw and Daily Oil Bulletin writers delve into the important topic of First Nations consultation and engagement.

The report highlights companies who have been successful in advancing their projects have done so by continuing to work with First Nations over time to build trust and respect.

Our CEO Alfred Sorensen was the developer behind the first B.C. LNG Project: Kitimat LNG. After he left, LNG Canada asked him how best to work with B.C. First Nations.

If the company was serious, he said and didn’t want to get off on the wrong foot, they should send the president of the company to meet with the chief and council, not some lower-level functionary.

“I said, ‘If you’re not willing to do it, I can tell you right now it’s going to be a struggle every day and you’ll spend more money and waste way more time than you would to make a simple gesture that’s important to them,” said Sorensen.

Alfred now leads our Goldboro LNG Project and has a signed benefits agreement with the Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq. Pieridae continues discussions with Treaty 7 First Nations in Alberta to see how they might benefit from potential Alberta natural gas development that would supply our Goldboro LNG facility in Nova Scotia.