By-Election for 1 Councillor October 22
Welcome to Nak’azdli Whut’en.
Nak’azdli Whut’en is a holistic community that believes in maintaining and enhancing traditional values by learning, living and teaching our culture and heritage. Nak’azdli is vibrant and self-determined–a community made up of diverse individuals and businesses working together to promote education, health and economic progress.
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Chief and Council Election Results
Congratulations to Alec McKinnon, the newly-elected Nak’azdli Chief. And to Ramona Joseph, Fred Sam, Wayne Sam and Howard Sam, the newly-elected (and re-elected) Councillors.
COUNCIL VOTES UNANIMOUSLY ON PRGT AND CGL PIPELINE AGREEMENTS
After years of careful consideration and extensive dialogue with members, Nak’azdli Whut’en Chief and Council met to discuss four potential agreements regarding the Coastal GasLink (CGL) and Prince Rupert Gas Transmission (PRGT) natural gas pipelines on June 14th.
Listening to and acting on behalf of our Nation, Council has unanimously decided not to proceed with any of the agreements at this time. All options were considered and there are several reasons for our decisions. This includes the need to address issues raised by those members who have said they do not support agreements or still have many questions. We have heard our members and believe:
- There is a need to complete a clear Stewardship Policy to set out our Dakelh Governance structures to work together. This needs to be in place before we enter discussions.
- Some elements of agreements would need to be altered for clarity and to better reflect our interests and values for discussions to continue.
- Delays and uncertainty in the LNG industry, such as changing Final Investment Decision dates, give us the time we need as a government to address issues.
We do not expect this to be the end of conversations about natural gas pipelines in our territory, but will take our time to agree next steps.
Ne nachailya (you have honoured us) to all members and staff that have helped us on this long journey – Chief and Council sincerely value your opinions and hard work.
We will be in touch with members about thank you dinners in the coming weeks.
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