POLITICS

B.C. gives five northern First Nations cash to study LNG-related employment

12/17/2014 01:42 EST | Updated 02/16/2015 05:59 EST
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - The B.C. government is giving money to a group of five First Nations to study liquefied natural gas-related job opportunities.

The province says the Treaty 8 Tribal Association will get nearly $134,000 for a labour market study that will culminate in a report to be released next year.

The project is expected to take 43 weeks and involve a consultant working with the First Nations to look at what skills are needed for future jobs in economic development including LNG.

Peace River North MLA Pat Pimm says Treaty 8 members will play an important role in supplying workers to help with an expected labour shortage in the area.

Marlene Greyeyes of the tribal association says the organization is pleased about opportunities that could lead to long-term employment.