We will listen to and work with First Nations, Métis and local communities to ensure they are the priority beneficiaries of opportunities associated with the project.
Sustainable Long-term Benefits for Communities
We are focused on ensuring the integration of community into the execution of the project, with a focus on long-term benefits and increasing positive impacts and mitigating adverse effects stemming from its development and operation. This is being carried out through training and employment initiatives, socio-economic effects planning and monitoring and ongoing and meaningful engagement and community-participation initiatives.
Northern Gateway has 262 commitments and conditions associated with the Community pillar, including those focused on First Nations and Métis benefits and inclusion; local community benefits and inclusion; and long-term development. Examples include:
- Condition 76: Aboriginal, local and regional skills and business capacity inventory
- Conditions 77/79: Training and Education Monitoring Plan and Reports
- Condition 78: Socio-Economic Monitoring Plan
- Conditions 93/135: Aboriginal, local and regional Employment Monitoring Plan and Reports
- Conditions 94/136: Aboriginal Contracting and Procurement Monitoring Plan and Reports
Focus on Sustainable Training, Education and Capacity Development
In 2015, we created guidelines to complement our 2011 Training and Education Strategy integrating the investment into skills training and capacity development programs with the principles set forth in our sustainability charter. We are investing in people – in the skills and experiences that will provide them benefit well beyond the project.
Since 2012, we have surpassed our $3-million skills training funding commitment and have invested more than $5.3 million in training, education and community capacity development initiatives. This investment has positively impacted more than 2,700 people, assisting many in becoming work-ready or actually gaining employment.
Skills Training: Marine Services Training Program; Paramedic Training; Intro to trades/construction; Pipeline Training Initiative; Traffic control Training; Security Guard Training; Incident Command Training
Capacity Development: Growing Young Movers Camps; Youth Try-A-Trade; BC Energy Literacy and Employment Workshops; Youth Essential Skills; BC Construction Association – Project Shop Class; Extreme Makeover –construction, painting and carpentry.
Cultural Awareness Training
We provided mandatory Aboriginal Cultural Awareness training to all our employees and contractors to better assist them in understanding the rich history and culture of Aboriginal people in Canada.
We have created, and have been engaging on, our Social Effects Monitoring Plan. Our socio-economic management and monitoring framework meets the leading international standards and the emerging regulatory conditions in Canada. We have also created tools such as our Socio-economic and Sustainability Instructions to Contractors – to be utilized for all Requests for Proposals to ensure focus and follow through by both Northern Gateway and its contractors and sub-contractors on socio-economic and sustainability related issues and concerns in the development of the project.
First Nations, Métis and Community Inclusion
In 2015, we introduced Dialogue Circles as a way of engaging with communities, and in particular with under-represented population segments such as youth, elders and women, all with unique perspectives into local and more global issues.
Since June 2015, our CAB meetings have been organized around our Pillars, with each round of CABs focusing on one Pillar at a time. This allows us to delve deeply into the subjects and areas that matter most to people and communities and streamline feedback effectively.
We continue to align our sustainability work with community wants and needs – always employing a “community-as-expert” approach to building, resourcing and investing in programming.