Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) development
Salmon Nation Summit
Malaysian-based Petronas has proposed to build a LNG terminal on Lelu Island in the Skeena estuary. In 2015, the Lax Kw'alaams people voted to turn down a $1.14 billion benefit agreement offer due to concerns over impacts to salmon. Since August, Lax’Kw’alaams Hereditary Chiefs have led an occupation of Lelu Island, which is part of their ancestorial territory.
The Lelu Island Declaration was the culmination of a two-day Salmon Nation Summit, held in Prince Rupert, B.C. on January 22 and 23, where more than 300 hereditary and elected First Nations leaders, scientists, politicians, commercial and sport fishermen, and other northern residents came together to defend wild salmon from the proposed Pacific NorthWest LNG project.
Signatories to the declaration included hereditary leaders from the Nine Allied Tribes of the Lax Kw'alaams First Nation, and hereditary leaders of the Gitxsan, Wet'suwet'en, Lake Babine, and Haisla First Nations. Grand Chief Stewart Phillip of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs also signed the declaration.
Click here to watch a video of Dr. Jonathan Moore's science presentation from the Summit.