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The provincial government has announced an environmental stewardship throughout northern B.C. with First Nations and liquefied natural gas.

The initiative will see up to $30-million being allocated over three years for projects that First Nation communities will help manage.

The province said in a press release that the key areas of focus will be ecosystem assessment and monitoring; ecosystem restoration and enhancement; ecosystem research and knowledge exchange; and stewardship education and training.

“First Nations should be strong partners in resource management in their traditional territories,” said John Rustad, Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation, in the press release.

Rustad also said that the initiative creates a new way for the province to work with First Nations, allowing for them to design projects from the outset and to propose projects that are important to their communities.

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