First Nations

We recognize that the Woodfibre LNG Project falls within the traditional territories of the Skwxwú7mesh or Squamish First Nation. We are committed to ensuring that First Nations in the region are informed and aware of our activities and our commitments to safety and protecting the environment.

A key cornerstone of our approach is to proceed with “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”.

Through the assistance of First Nations, we look to develop sustainability goals that enable cultural and environmental preservation and economic growth and diversification for current and future generations.  Our aim is to:

  • Accommodate traditional culture and customs in the Squamish region or nearby project area
  • Incorporate First Nations traditional knowledge into planning and development
  • Seek First Nations input on baseline feasibility studies and data collection
  • Support First Nations’ sustainable development goals through consultation and legacy projects
  • Support the development of training programs both for project needs as well as for transferable skills and upgrading

Squamish Nation Environmental Assessment Agreement

On October 14, 2015, Squamish Nation Council voted to approve an Environmental Assessment Agreement for the proposed Woodfibre LNG project, and issued an Environmental Certificate to Woodfibre LNG Limited.

The agreement comes from Squamish Nation’s independent assessment of the project; a process that began in May 2013 when Woodfibre LNG Limited first applied to undergo a Squamish Nation environmental review.

In June 2015, the Squamish Nation issued 25 conditions for the Woodfibre LNG Project, 13 of which apply directly to Woodfibre LNG Limited.   The environmental assessment agreement outlines these conditions and how Squamish Nation and Woodfibre LNG Limited will work together to ensure they are fully implemented.

One of the 13 conditions which applies directly to Woodfibre LNG is that the Squamish Nation will select which cooling technique Woodfibre LNG will use to remove heat from the LNG processing facility.  The Squamish Nation conducted an independent review of three cooling techniques: seawater cooling (Woodfibre LNG’s preferred technique), air cooling and air cooling with freshwater spray.  In October 2016, the Squamish Nation Chiefs and Council selected air cooling as the cooling technique for the Woodfibre LNG project.

The Squamish Nation Environmental Assessment Agreement underscores Woodfibre LNG Limited’s belief that by working together with First Nations, we can build a better project; one that brings responsible economic opportunity to the region,  and protects traditional land, water and heritage resources.