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Fortescue Future Industries and Indigenous leaders in Canada collaborate on green hydrogen projects

4 December 2021

Fortescue Future Industries (FFI) has signed Memoranda of Understandings (MoUs) with three Indigenous Nations in Canada, paving the way for FFI to lead the green hydrogen and green energy revolution across Canada.

Fortescue Future Industries (FFI) has signed Memoranda of Understandings (MoUs) with three Indigenous Nations in Canada, paving the way for FFI to lead the green hydrogen and green energy revolution across Canada.

FFI has signed MoUs with the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation in British Columbia; members of the Homeguard Cree First Nations in northern Manitoba; and the Innu Nation in Newfoundland and Labrador.

The MoUs provide a collaborative framework for discussions and negotiations that will assist FFI to determine the viability of building green hydrogen projects using hydro and wind power across Canada.

FFI Chief Executive Officer, Julie Shuttleworth AM, signed the MoUs after meeting with Indigenous leaders, federal and provincial governments and industry executives during a recent 10-day visit to Canada.

Ms Shuttleworth said, “Fortescue Future Industries looks forward to working closely with our Indigenous partners on our joint vision to create a strong green industry in Canada, whilst ensuring local communities thrive from the opportunities.   

“These MoUs represent the beginning of what we hope will be a long and mutually beneficial relationship between FFI and Indigenous Nations in Canada,” Ms Shuttleworth said.

FFI Chairman, Dr Andrew Forrest AO, said, “I would like to thank the Home Guard Cree Nation Chiefs, Grand Chief Etienne Rich and Chief Dolleen Logan for partnering with Fortescue Future Industries.

“These MoUs pave the way for green hydrogen investments in Canada, which could create thousands of jobs and help Canada reach its net-zero target by 2050,” Dr Forrest said.

Chief Morris Beardy of the Home Guard Cree’s Fox Lake Cree Nation, said, “Exploring the opportunity to use green energy to produce green hydrogen and green products is consistent with our Cree way of life; to stopping global warming; and to protecting the earth for future generations.”

Grand Chief Etienne Rich, Innu Nation, said, “The Innu Nation is pleased to work with FFI to assess the feasibility of producing green hydrogen at Gull Island. FFI approached us respectfully with an understanding that our consent is required for development on our territory. 

“We will work collaboratively to determine if a green hydrogen project in Labrador can benefit our people and this province and contribute to meeting Canada’s emissions reductions goals,” Grand Chief Rich said.

Chief Dolleen Logan, Lheidli T'enneh First Nation, Prince George, British Columbia, said, "The MOU speaks to the business relationship we have built thus far with Fortescue.

“The proposed green project contemplated in the MOU will help in the global push to achieve net zero emissions by 2050,” Chief Logan said.

Negotiations are underway between FFI and other Indigenous leaders across Canada.

Editors’ note: Please find images of the MoU signings:

About the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation

The Lheidli T’enneh are from the confluence of the two rivers, the Nee Incha Koh (river with strong undercurrents) and the Ltha Koh (big mouth river).  They are of Dakelh origin, and have a traditional territory which subsumes modern day Prince George British Columbia, extending all the way to the Rocky Mountains at the border of modern day Alberta.  They have lived in their territory since the beginning of time. 

About the Home Guard Cree in northeast Manitoba: 

The Home Guard Cree consists of five Treaty 5 Cree Nations whose ancestral lands include the lower Nelson River system to the Hudson Bay.  The Cree Nations are: Fox Lake Cree Nation; Shamattawa First Nation; Tataskweyak Cree Nation; York Factory First Nation; and War Lake First Nation.

About the Innu Nation in Labrador

Innu Nation represents over 3,200 Innu people, who now live in the First Nation communities of Sheshatshiu and Natuashish in Labrador.  Innu Nation is negotiating a modern treaty with the governments of Canada and Newfoundland and Labrador and works to protect Innu rights to the lands and waters of “Nitassinan” the Innu homeland.

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