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Huu-ay-aht makes history

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Huu-ay-aht First Nations citizens made history, becoming the first British Columbia Nation to approve a co-management development arrangement for an LNG export facility. On 25 March, Huu-ay-aht citizens voted 70% in support for the proposed Sarita LNG Project with Steelhead LNG. The proposed LNG facility, which also received unanimous support of Huu-ay-aht's Haw'iih Council (Hereditary Chiefs) and elected Executive Council, could be an economic game changer for the nation of 750 people.

The Huu-ay-aht citizen approval is particularly significant because it marks one of the earliest points in project development at which a First Nation community has voted to approve an LNG export facility or pipeline project in British Columbia.

The resounding positive vote means that Huu-ay-aht and Steelhead LNG will move forward with a co-management relationship to develop the proposed facility on Huu-ay-aht owned land in their h?ahuuli (traditional territory), on the west coast of Vancouver Island.

The Sarita LNG facility is in the preliminary engineering and conceptual design stage.

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