Notice of Coalition Members Meeting

The First Nations Major Projects Coalition will hold a Members meeting in Prince George on November 19th & 20th, 2018.

The national membership of the First Nations Major Projects Coalition will hold a meeting in Prince George beginning on Monday, November 19th and continuing on Tuesday, November 20th, 2018. These meetings will be held in Prince George, BC at Lheidli T’enneh First Nations new meeting facility, Uda Dune Baiyoh (Hall of Our Ancestors)

The meeting agenda will include special presentations by:

  • Professor Ken Coates from the University of Saskatchewan and Canada Research Chair. Professor Coates will speak to the state of the national economy and how the priorities and interests of First Nations hold the power.

  • Carol Ann Hilton, CEO of the Indigenomics Institute who will address “unleashing the 100 billion dollar Indigenous economic agenda”

  • BC AFN Regional Chief Terry Teegee will speak about the work of the national Chiefs Committee on Economic Development. Members will have the opportunity to engage on the following important areas of discussion:

  • First Nations ownership of transmission infrastructure. Mark Podlasly will present a draft of an options paper looking at ways that Coalition members can seek ownership in electricity transmission infrastructure, including the development of a First Nations utility.

  • Project finance and access to capital. Updates will be provided on the Coalition’s study of a range of project finance options and solutions for accessing capital.

  • Roll out of a Members handbook on key business and financial terms. This handbook will take the Coalition’s project ownership toolkit and boil down key terms into plain language. The Members handbook is designed to be used by leadership and administration within the community.

  • Workshops on federal legislation. Facilitated workshops with federal officials from the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency and the National Energy Board Modernization Branch will be held on the Impact Assessment Act and theCanadian Energy Regulator Act. This is an opportunity for you to engage directly on this federal legislation.

Travel costs, meals, and accommodation will be covered for 2 representatives per member First Nation to participate in this meeting. Accommodations will be provided at the new Courtyard Marriott Hotel in Prince George. Please register your attendance no later than Tuesday, November 13th by contacting Angel Ransom, Senior Advisor, via email angel.ransom@gmail.com or by calling (250) 649-9876