When I got elected as a counsellor in 2003-2004, my chief counsellor had experiences with these types of organizations. We spent a lot of time trying to understand the relationships among NGOs of this nature, the governments of B.C. and Canada, and their agenda, which was all across B.C. and Canada. It was something we figured out pretty quickly: The agendas had nothing to do with first nations interests. They had their own agendas specific to each organization.
That partnership or relationship was actually severed between my band and those types of organizations. We were trying to resolve poverty, suicides and children going into government care. We finally decided to not welcome them into our territory, especially during the LNG development days. That was when we took a look at B.C. and Canada and started to see this happening all across Canada. We could see other first nations falling victim to this.