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The Challenge

Work in partnership with the First Nations and Métis communities along the pipeline route to build a project with First Nations and Métis environmental stewardship, ownership, support and shared control.

 

The Opportunity

From the beginning, Northern Gateway should have done a better job of building relationships with First Nations and Métis communities, particularly on the west coast of British Columbia. While we had the right intentions, we could have done a better job listening and fostering these critical relationships and developing our plans together as true partners. Today, Northern Gateway has changed. Based on collaboration with First Nations and Métis peoples, we are building a project partnership in a way and on a scale that has never been done before. This will be a true partnership between industry and First Nations and Métis peoples.

Build Trust

Since we received approval, Northern Gateway’s priority has been to build trust, engage in respectful dialogues and build meaningful partnerships with First Nations and Métis communities. We know that this is the most important part of the project and must be done right rather than be driven by a construction schedule

Ownership and Partnership

Northern Gateway is the only pipeline project with First Nations and Métis ownership and governance through our 31 Aboriginal Equity Partners (AEP). Input from the AEP, as well as other First Nations and Métis communities, has been essential to renewing and improving the project. In partnership with these communities, we are able to address their concerns regarding environmental protection and monitoring and long-term economic prosperity for generations of First Nations and Métis peoples.

We continue to listen and remain open to change. We acknowledge that we need to spend more time working with First Nations and Métis communities along the pipeline route and on the British Columbia Coast. We believe this is the right course of action for Northern Gateway and the right thing to do as Canadians.