The First Nation will receive a total $2,800,000 in three stages. The Province has given $464,000 for signing the agreement. Ontop of that $1,160,000 will be dished out when construction begins, and another $1,160,000 will be given when the pipeline is in service.
The ongoing benefits will be available to First Nations along the natural gas pipeline routes.
In a release, Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation John Rustad said, “Too many First Nation communities have been left out of economic growth in B.C. for far too long. It’s exciting to be able to partner with First
Nations like the Wet’suwet’en so they can share in the benefits of a new LNG export industry. Stronger economies, good paying jobs and collectively working to establish environmental legacies made possible by LNG development.”
In the same release Chief of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation Karen Ogen stated, “Pipeline benefits agreements are just one vehicle driving our participation in LNG development. While these agreements ensure First Nation communities share in the economic benefits of LNG, we are working collaboratively with the Province and other First Nations to ensure environmental priorities are addressed as well.”
The Province anticipates being able to sign similar agreements with other First Nations communities in the future.