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BC funds Tsimshian Roundtable for training initiatives

The BC government is providing $9 million dollars over three years to help train Northwest area First Nations for work related to LNG development.

The money will go the Tsimshian Roundtable, a partnership the province says is between Tsimshian First Nations and liquefied natural gas proponents in northwest BC (Aurora LNG, BG Canada, LNG Canada, Pacific Northwest LNG, WCC LNG and Woodside LNG).

Gitxaala Chief Clifford White is co-chair of the Tsimshian Roundtable. White says the partnership supports long-term career aspirations and considers the socio-economic health of Tsimshian communities.

But with sagging oil prices and environmental concerns clouding the province’s LNG hopes, Premier Christy Clark was asked whether there may be any jobs available in the liquefied natural gas sector.

Clark is refering to the Pathways to Success program in Terrace and Prince Rupert which has helped 180 Tsimshian members get work in construction, customer service, and environmental monitoring.

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