Fact: Since the announcement of the project in June 2012, Coastal GasLink has initiated engagement with 31 First Nations, two Tribal Councils and two Metis organizations, while focused consultation has taken place with 30 groups identified in the BC EAO Section 11 Order.
Coastal GasLink has developed and distributed information materials, including notifications of permit applications, and have advanced agreements to outline relationship protocols and capacity funding, as well as Traditional Knowledge sharing and participation in project activities and planning.
Throughout the engagement process with First Nations, Coastal GasLink has held discussions and met on various subjects which have included: the distribution and review of a draft ancillary site map outlining the proposed features such as access roads, compressor stations, campsites, etc.; contracting and employment opportunities; economic benefits; and routing of the proposed project corridor through each First Nation’s traditional territory. Coastal GasLink has attended community meetings to review the proposed project with community members.
Aboriginal people are already benefiting economically from our northern B.C. pipeline projects, participating in tens of thousands of hours of environmental field work as advisors, technicians and support employees.
First Nations have actively engaged in our meetings, and participation on both sides has been productive, respectful and positive.
TransCanada believes in beginning consultation with communities and stakeholders early in the project development process. We build strong relationships with Aboriginal groups, landowners, residents, municipal governments and businesses throughout the course of our project engagement. Through these relationships, we come to understand local challenges, issues and concerns and the potential ways in which we may address them.