Coastal GasLink announced Thursday that Nadleh Whut’en and Macro Pipelines are the newest prime contractor for pipeline construction near Fraser Lake.

In a release, CGL says the partnership is the second major Indigenous joint venture prime contractor for pipeline construction on the project since the Ledcor-Haisla Limited Partnership was announced in May 2021.

Vice president of Macro Enterprises, Ken Mastre, says this is a historic milestone for the company and is honoured to be working with the First Nation.

“Macro understands that we are here as Nadleh’s guests, and in the spirit of economic reconciliation, we are publicly committing to putting Nadleh people and equipment to work on this job,” said Mastre.

“The partnership is a truly unique opportunity for a made in Northern B.C. solution to one of the largest energy infrastructure projects in Canadian history, happening right here in Northern B.C.,”

The agreement reflects a joint promise to work with respect, open communication, transparency and integrity to enable an authentic, reciprocal business relationship, CGL said in a release.

“Collaborations like this provide an opportunity to show the world how First Nations can participate, competitively and meaningfully, without compromising our cultural values or environmental stewardship while maximizing economic benefits and participation with industrial activity on our unceded territory,” shared Chief Larry Nooski, Nadleh Whut’en.

Nadleh Whut’en, along with long-time partner, Frost Group, will be working with Macro to “bring their deep knowledge and commitment to the land”.