Woodfibre LNG has invited Coun. Jenna Stoner to be an observer of Woodfibre LNG’s Gender Safety Advisory Committee as construction starts on the project this year.
In a letter to council, Christine Kennedy, the president of Woodfibre LNG, said she cares deeply about the project being a safe and inclusive place to work, particularly for Indigenous women. “I take the calls to Action of the National Enquiry on Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls very seriously and acknowledging the real, potential impacts that resource development can have on the local communities in which they are situated,” she wrote to council recently.
The other members of this Gender Safety Advisory Committee include the elected and non-elected members of the Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations, Howe Sound Women’s Centre and representatives of EAO, the BC Energy Regulator, IAAC as well as FortisBC, which told council it plans to delay booking hotels for employees until September.
Chesha7 Gwen Harry, a Squamish Nation elder, co-chairs the committee. Meetings will occur every month while WLNG works on the programming, after which meeting frequency will be determined. Members and observers are invited for a one-year term with the opportunity for renewal, and the intention is that the committee will be in place throughout the course of construction, Kennedy told the council. “We are frankly humbled by the level of engagement, interest and commitment from the committee to help ensure the Woodfibre LNG project will be a safe space, particularly for Indigenous women, both on the project and in the community,”