aptn Investigates – Lelu Island: A Resistance

Rob Smith has the story of Lax Kw’alaams First Nation’s opposition to a massive LNG mega-project.

Rob Smith has Lelu Island: A Resistance. Last year, when the Lax Kw’alaams First Nation members turned down a billion dollars offered to them by Liquefied Natural Gas giant Petronas, the message appeared to be clear: a proposed industrial development was not wanted. But a new leadership group took control of the community and held a new vote. Now, the billion dollars is back on the table. And those worried the gas plant will do irreparable environmental harm have occupied the site on Lelu Island in northern BC.

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Rob is a member of the Dzawada’enuxw First Nation from Kingcome Inlet BC. He’s been a part of APTN National news since 2005, Rob brings to APTN almost twenty years of broadcast experience. He joined Investigates in 2013 and has covered protests, land claims and the fentanyl crisis. His cinematography was nominated in 2016 for a Canadian Screen Award.