Northwest Institute

Working towards social and ecological sustainability in Northwest British Columbia since 1996

Forestry Dialogue


During March 2019, a series of community conversations were held around the province. The locations were chosen to hear a range of community concerns, values and experiences with forest management around BC. The purpose of these meetings was to provide a process for bringing the community voice into the April 9-10 discussion.

Table of LNG Projects in Northwest BC


A table providing details on the 18 proposed Liquified Natural Gas projects in Northwest British Columbia. Last updated September 10, 2019.

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Rio Tinto Alcan Environmental Appeal Board Hearing Summaries April - June 2015


The Environmental Appeal Board is hearing an appeal launched by Kitimat residents, Lis Stannus and Emily Toews, of a provincial Ministry of Environment decision to allow Rio Tinto Alcan to increase its sulphur dioxide emissions from its Kitimat aluminum smelter by 55 percent above current permit levels and not require scrubbers on the smelter.

The Hearings are expected to take four weeks. The first two weeks of hearings will be held in Victoria from April 27-May 1 and May 11-15. Then there will be two weeks of hearings in Kitimat from June 1-5 and June 8-12.

Summaries of the hearings will be posted to this page daily.

Brochure: What you need to know about Petronas and its impacts on Skeena Salmon


This brochure provides an overview of the impacts that Petronas' proposed Pacific Northwest LNG facility poses to juvenile salmon habitat in the Skeena Estuary. It was created in November 2014 and distributed widely to communities in the Skeena watershed. Download the PDF here (3.2 MB).

Documenting the Enbridge Joint Review Panel Hearings


If built, the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline would carry diluted bitumen from the Alberta oil sands westward to a new tanker port at Kitimat, and carry condensate (a bitumen diluent) eastward to Alberta. The issue is of critical concern to Northwest British Columbians and people from across Canada. Currently, the proposed project is being reviewed by a Joint Review Panel headed by the National Energy Board. The panel travelled throughout Northwest B.C. and elsewhere in B.C. and Alberta to hear from citizens on the matter. The Northwest Institute  documented the hearings throughout the Joint Review process.

To read summaries of the community and technical hearings, visit our Enbridge Joint Review Panel page.

Potential Effects of an Oil Pipeline Rupture on Reach 2 of Morice River


A Northwest Institute Submission to the Joint Review Panel, Enbridge Northern Gateway Project.

Comparison of the British Columbia and Federal Environmental Assessments for the Prosperity Mine


The BC Environmental Assessment Office's recommendation to approve the proposed Prosperity Mine was based on incomplete evidence and was the result of a hurried, flawed and less than objective process.

Enbridge Joint Review Panel Workshop


A workshop organized by the Northwest Institute to familiarize the community with aspects of the Joint Review Panel process.

Environmental Assessment Workshop - Smithers, BC


The Northwest Institute organized a 2009 workshop in Smithers on the Environmental Assessment Process.

Valuation of the Wild Salmon Economy of the Skeena Watershed


The Northwest Institute commissioned IBM Business Consulting to conduct a valuation of the wild Salmon economy of the Skeena River Watershed. 

Community Futures and Choices in the Bulkley Valley


This paper raises questions about the economic future of the Bulkley Valley using the proposed Telkwa Coal Project as the point of departure for its discussion.

Status of Salmon Spawning Stocks of the Skeena River System


This report is part of a review of the status and prospects for Skeena salmon stocks and the fisheries they support.

Mushroom Project II


his mushroom project has provided information on the distribution and habitat requirements of pine mushrooms in the Skeena-Bulkley Region and helped foster cooperation among stakeholders.

Mushroom Project


Our first report on pine mushrooms review community issues and concerns around the sustainability of the resource.