Coastal Gaslink Benefit Agreements

Unemployment rates for all First Nations who signed benefit agreements (and who are profiled in the 2016 Census) are higher than the average for all British Columbians and also for those who self-identified as Off-Reserve Aboriginal in the 2016 Census. In many cases, most First Nations that have signed a performance agreement with Coastal GasLink also have unemployment rates above the average of all First Nations reserves in British Columbia. The work that will accompany the Coastal GasLink project has the potential to improve these rates. « The protests are in solidarity with opposition to the Coastal GasLink pipeline in northern B.C. by hereditary chiefs of the Wet`suwet`en Nation. But a large number of « outsiders » use the argument as an excuse for nonsense. . Given that for 15 of the 20 First Nations that have a performance agreement with Coastal GasLink, there is no labour income data from the 2016 Census, it is only possible to speculate on what this data might be; some might have revenues that rival the five profiles here; some may be below these values. In any event, benefit agreements are of value to remote First Nations, where few other revenue streams may be available.. . .

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