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The Challenge

Work in partnership with First Nations and Métis, community and government stakeholders to ensure local concerns have been heard and addressed.


The Opportunity

Engage in respectful, informed conversations with First Nations and Métis communities, residents, landowners, environmental groups and governments to listen, learn and make changes to improve the project. We are listening and we are open to change. We know this process requires time and we are committed to getting this right.

A True Partnership

Based on collaboration with First Nations and Métis communities, Northern Gateway has changed. We are building a true partnership between industry and First Nations and Métis peoples, one where the Aboriginal Equity Partners (AEP) will have a greater share of ownership and governance of the project and play an important leadership role. The changes include:

  • Shared ownership and control with First Nations and Métis communities
  • First Nations and Métis ownership will be increased to 33% up from 10%
  • A joint governance structure
  • Enhanced benefits — an increase from $1 billion to $2 billion for First Nations and Métis communities
  • First Nations and Métis environmental stewardship and monitoring
  • Northern Gateway is seeking to jointly design, with coastal First Nations and governments, a global best practice emergency and spill response capacity that reflects the unique nature of British Columbia’s North Coast, making it safer for all vessels

Community Advisory Boards

In 2009, Northern Gateway initiated Community Advisory Boards (CABs) to bring together community and municipal government representatives, First Nations and Métis communities, and environmental advocates, landowner, and residents from communities along our proposed pipeline route to work collaboratively to identify and mitigate risks, develop ways to avoid or mitigate negative environmental and community impacts, and ensure benefits would be maximized.

Our CAB members are not necessarily project supporters. We’re very proud to include in the CABs those who are undecided and those opposed. We welcome the diversity of views, the tough questions and the unfiltered and direct input because it makes our project better.

Today there are three regional CABs that meet several times per year, totalling over 25 rounds of CAB meetings over the past seven years. There are many members who have been with us from the beginning.

The Joint Review Panel commended the CABs as “important multi-stakeholder venues that can facilitate continued dialogue, potentially over the project's entire life.”