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Haisla Triton Limited Partnership Staff Member
October 1, 2018, the day LNG Canada announced a positive
final investment decision, was momentous for many. LNG
Canada, Haisla First Nation, and industry groups around the
world celebrated, excited about the future.
Vicky Shaw, a Haisla member, was part of that celebration –
and for her, it was very personal.
“I don’t think anyone realized how much it meant for me to be
there,” she said.
Shaw is one of 30 Haisla members who make up the Spirit of
the Kitlope Dance group, who performed at the FID
announcement ceremony in Vancouver. She is also an Environmental Technician at Triton Environmental Consultants.
Shaw has worked for Triton since 2011, and as part of her work, she has conducted environmental studies for LNG Canada since the very start of the project. Even before most people in Northwest BC knew what liquid natural gas was, Shaw was hiking in and around the forests and streams around her village, doing bird nesting surveys and fish salvaging.
“I was part of the work from the beginning and then part of the celebration,” Shaw said. “It was a full circle, like it was meant to be.”
Shaw, 47, is a single mother of three. She lives on the waterfront in Kitimaat Village, the largest Haisla community in Northwest BC, about 10 kilometres away from the District of Kitimat.
After completing the environmental monitoring program, offered through the Haisla Band, Shaw was immediately hired by Triton Environmental.
While she wasn’t sure what the job would entail, she was excited to try something new.
“That feeling has never stopped,” she said. “My job is always changing. I love the variety. I’m always learning new things, but also falling back on the experience I’ve gained on the job.”
Before working at Triton, Shaw was working on-call for the Haisla Band office. Day-to-day, she wouldn’t know if she’d get called in as a janitor, secretary, to the gas bar, to work a couple jobs in one day, or not at all. “I was all over the place. It was a real struggle,” she said.
Now Triton has stable work year-round. And, she said, she feels understood and respected by her employer.
“Triton is a really good company to work for. They really try to work with me while some other employers might work against you,” she said. “If you do have issues, you talk it through and try to find a solution.”
Having now worked on many of the large industrial projects in Haisla Territory, such as the Kitimat Modernization and Kemano projects, Shaw also appreciates the awareness and knowledge she gains through her job.
“I know and understand all the different projects happening here. I get a better perspective of everything that’s going on in our territory and being done,” she said.
Shaw has lived in Kitimaat Village her whole life and feels proud that she now has a hand in monitoring and protecting the land on which she and her people have always lived.
Outside of work, Shaw spends most of her time with her kids and grandkids. She also volunteers with the Haisla Fire Department and practices regularly with the Spirit of the Kitlope Dance Group.
“I love hearing the drums. I love the feeling of being grounded again,” she said.