The Fort Nelson First Nation says it has signed an agreement and memorandum of future understanding with Chevron Canada on the company's natural gas exploration, appraisal and development activities in its traditional territory.
Under the agreement, the two parties will co-operate with one another in a spirit of mutual respect and recognition to support responsible and sustainable economic development in a manner that protects traditional territory, the First Nation said.
“We are focused on continuing building a relationship with Chevron so that natural gas development in our traditional territory respects our environment, our people, our history and our cultures," Chief Curtis Dickie said in a statement.
Chevron is the operator of the joint venture between Chevron and Woodside Energy International (Canada) Ltd. to develop natural gas resources within Fort Nelson First Nation territory.
“Chevron values the importance of learning from and respecting the cultures of Fort Nelson First Nation," said Chevron Canada President Frank Cassulo.
"We are committed to working with Fort Nelson First Nation to develop natural gas resources in their Traditional Territory that provides economic benefits while protecting the environment and culture for future generations.”