North Coast organizations and First Nations will be splitting $181,460 in federal funding to participate in the environmental assessment of Pacific NorthWest LNG’s proposed Lelu Island terminal.
Area First Nations will receive a total of $149,860, well above the amount received by non-First Nations groups. The largest sum will go to the Metlakata nation, which will receive $50,000, while the Lax Kw’alaams and Gitxaala nations will be receiving $49,940 and $49,920 respectively.
The remaining $31,600 of money coming to the region will be split between three non-government agencies and one union. Both the T. Buck Suzuki Foundation and the United Fisherman and Allied Workers’ Union will receive $10,500, the World Wildlife Fund will receive $8,400 and the Prince Rupert Environmental Society will receive $2,200.
The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency made $312,636 available to interested parties to become involved in the EA process. The remaining $131,176 will be divided up between the Kitsumkalum and Kitselas First Nations, the Skeena Fisheries Commission, the Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition and the Heiltsuk Tribal Council.