Indigenous and community engagement
We recognize public trust and confidence are earned through performance, open communication and community engagement. Engagement with Indigenous groups, local communities and elected representatives in Northwest BC began in April 2012 to better understand community needs and gather feedback on site selection.
Local Indigenous groups have been active participants in existing condition environmental studies and fieldwork programs to date.
We held public information sessions in Prince Rupert in July, September and November 2014 and December 2015 to share project information and hear initial feedback from community members. Engagement activities have also included the opening of a local project office in Prince Rupert, one-on-one meetings, small group dialogue sessions, pop-up coffee chats, research interviews, community presentations and participation in local community events.
The project will continue to engage with Indigenous groups and stakeholders in parallel with the environmental assessment process through activities such as community information sessions, small group and individual meeting.
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What we’ve heard
WCC LNG recognizes that public trust and confidence are earned through performance, open communication and community engagement. Our engagement with Indigenous groups, local communities and elected representatives in Northwest BC began in April 2012 to better understand community needs and gather feedback.
We continue to engage with Indigenous groups, local communities and stakeholders. We know that understanding what’s important helps prioritize our discussions and shape our plans.
Below is a summary of the key interests we’ve heard from January 2016 to August 2017.
Many topics and priority areas have remained constant since we last produced a “What We’ve Heard” summary, reflecting the ongoing importance of the environment, community, economic and social considerations, among others.
At the same time, additional topics, which reflect the Project’s progress and the work being done, have also emerged as part of our engagement with Indigenous groups, the public, community members and organizations, as well as local, provincial and federal governments during this period.
The environment assessment (EA) process was raised as a key topic, including the public comment period during that time. The Project site also emerged as a key topic, as WCC LNG progressed engineering design and shared information about the facility concept, including a revised artist’s rendering of the anticipated design.