PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – TransCanada announced today that they have reached agreements with 13 First Nations groups regarding the Coastal GasLink pipeline project. The company also announced that they are in consultation with 8 other First Nations along the proposed route.
“These groups have demonstrated their desire to contribute meaningfully and constructively throughout the life cycle of this project,” said Rick Gateman, Coastal GasLink pipeline project president. “Our relationship with them, and the knowledge we have gained about their traditional use of the land, makes Coastal GasLink a better project.”
TransCanada says the agreements with First Nations vary, but could enable them with training, education, provisions for a liaison committee to maintain ongoing relationships between Coastal GasLink and the First Nation, or designated contracting opportunities specific to the community that has signed the agreement.
“We look forward to continuing our relationship with the Coastal GasLink team. We believe that meaningful participation can work to the benefit of our members and the project, and that we can achieve balance with protecting our environment,” said Chief Joe Bevan, Kitselas First Nation.
As of now, the GasLink team has had over 15,000 interactions with Aboriginals on the proposed project route.
The project is expected to generate over 2,000 jobs during construction and over $20 million in annual property tax payment.