Coastal GasLink’s core values of safety, responsibility, collaboration and integrity are at the heart of our commitment to working with local and Indigenous communities. Open dialogue and feedback from Indigenous communities has helped improve the overall planning of the project, and develop many of the programs that will be put in place during construction and operation to protect communities and the environment.
Over the past year, Coastal GasLink has facilitated meetings with our Indigenous partners from the project’s right-of-way. Past meetings have focused on various topics of interest such as construction activities in their communities as well as workforce accommodations, environmental protection, contracting and employment opportunities. The fifth meeting took place on Thursday, September 19, 2019 in Vancouver, with the discussion focusing on a project and construction update along the entire pipeline route as well as permitting and compliance and workforce accommodation timelines and programs.
As we move forward with construction, continued engagement is imperative to ensuring the success of the Project. From pipeline concept, construction and operation, our respect for the land, culture and communities guides all of our decisions. Indigenous participation is critical to delivering a successful project that creates employment and other opportunities for these communities and Coastal GasLink looks forward to continuing the dialogue as we progress with construction.