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First Nations coalition discusses major project ownership

A coalition looking at a common approach to First Nations ownership of major resource projects says hereditary and elected representatives from 21 First Nations met last week.

The First Nations Major Projects Coalition says it unanimously adopted a 2016/17 strategic plan that will guide continued technical work.  The members looked at ways First Nations can work together to access capital necessary to own portions of projects.

“Information shared at Coalition meetings is helping to better inform the business decisions our communities have to make and adopting the work plan is an important step forward,” says Kitselas Chief Joe Bevan, who chaired the meeting.

Information on baseline standards for environmental stewardship was also discussed at the meetings.

“Our interests in environmental stewardship practices and assessments around the impacts of proposed major projects on our territories must be a first priority. Our interest to own portions of projects should not be ignored, and through the Coalition we are gaining the information necessary to develop those terms,” states Chief Corrina Leween of the Cheslatta Carrier Nation.

The coalition says First Nations participating in the group retain their individual decision making authority. 

Members are next expected to meet in Treaty 8 territory in October.

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