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Once managing poverty, now managing wealth

“My girls' lives are going to be so different because of all this opportunity." Haisla Nation Chief Councillor Crystal Smith looks forward as she endures severe personal criticism over her community's participation in mutual benefit agreements with the Coastal GasLink and LNG Canada project to pipe and liquefy natural gas for export to Asian markets from the Northwest Pacific coast.

Wet’suwet’en hereditary chief: 'Reconciliation is not at the barrel of a gun'

“I kept thinking of the prime minister and how he said there was no more important relationship than the one with Indigenous people. And then here come all these guns…Reconciliation is not at the barrel of a gun.”- Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chief Na’moks reflects on the RCMP raid of a resistance camp blocking construction of the Coastal GasLink pipeline in January, 2019.

Stellat'en First Nation's traditional culture 'pretty much gone,' but LNG agreement offered relief from 'enforced poverty'

“At the end it was easy because we negotiated the best deal we could,” said Stellat’an Chief Arthur Patrick.  “Natural gas is more benign to the environment than oil and coal. Natural gas will replace coal in other parts of the world, like China. If we can be a part of that replacement, then I think we’re doing the world some good.”

Here's what happens when an energy pipeline company comes calling

What happens when an energy pipeline developer comes to town? Brandi Morin examines the pressure on a First Nations community in central interior B.C. when Enbridge, with an oil pipeline proposal, and then TransCanada, with the Coastal GasLink project, came calling. Elected Nak’azdli Whut’en Chief Alexander McKinnon relives one of the most difficult decisions of his life.

'Clean energy aligns with who we are as Indigenous people'

Michelle Myers and Chief Russel Myers Ross of Yuneŝit'in, are two clean energy leaders in the Tŝilhqot'in Nation with strong visions for the future. Myers believes renewable energy aligns with her people's values and connection to the land while Chief Ross has played a major role developing the Dasiqox Tribal Park, an area protected for Tŝilhqot’in traditional laws to be upheld and enacted.

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