The Trudeau government has approved the Pacific NorthWest Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) project in British Columbia.
The export facility is now set to be constructed on Lax U'u'la (Lelu Island) on Lax Kw’alaams First Nation territory. The project is being led by the Malaysian state-owned company Petronas, with minority shareholders including Sinopec, the Indian Oil Corporation, and PetroleumBrunei. It would receive fracked gas from Treaty 8 territory in northeastern BC via TransCanada's Prince Rupert Gas Transmission Project pipeline.
In November 2015, Lax Kw’alaams Hereditary Chief Yahaan wrote Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and federal environment minister Catherine McKenna, "We ask that you respect the decision of our nation to say no to this project. We ask that you work with First Nations to find projects that are truly responsible and sustainable, and that do not threaten the very resources and landscapes that define us all."