Get the facts – Aboriginal engagement
We know there’s more to building a pipeline than just materials and construction. The success of Coastal GasLink relies on working with local communities, listening to their views, incorporating their feedback where possible, and caring for sensitive landscapes and culturally and historically significant places. First Nations communities do not have to choose between economics, culture, environment and a traditional way of life. By meeting and talking with them, we’re able to address their questions and concerns, and incorporate their local and traditional knowledge.
“TransCanada and Coastal GasLink have been exceptional in the way they deal with First Nations people. They really listen and I think they care, and they’re willing to incorporate the needs and concerns of local Aboriginal people into their project planning and strategy.”
– Layne Boucher, local Aboriginal contractor.
Engagement – it’s not just talk!
- To date, the Coastal GasLink team has had over 15,000 interactions and engagements with Aboriginal communities along the proposed pipeline route, and over a third of the 362,000+ hours of field work on the project have been conducted by Aboriginal people.
- The 13 project agreements signed to date reflect that many First Nations support responsible development, and growth that translates into real opportunities. To date, Coastal GasLink has signed project agreements with Skin Tyee First Nation, Nee Tahi Buhn Indian Band, Yekooche First Nation, Wet’suwet’en First Nation, Doig River First Nation, Halfway River First Nation, Blueberry River First Nations, Burns Lake Indian Band, Lheidli T’enneh First Nation, Nadleh Whut’en First Nation, West Moberly First Nations, Kitselas First Nation and McLeod Lake Indian Band.
- Our collaborative approach with First Nations communities has resulted in us investigating alternate routes to address some of the input we received. These productive, two-way conversations with all Aboriginal groups have resulted in many changes to the project.
- We’ve invested in a variety of training programs to support Aboriginal and local trainees and students. These include the Pathway to Pipeline Readiness Program and Education Legacy program. Examples include Prince George Nechako Aboriginal Employment and Training Association, Tribal Resources Investment Corporation, Northwest Community College, and Northern Lights College.
When planning our pipeline route, we consider environmental factors, stakeholder and community feedback and constructability.