Enbridge recognizes the history, uniqueness and diversity of indigenous peoples. First Nations are often key stakeholders in Enbridge’s activities. We are committed to forging mutually beneficial relationships with all communities near our operations. The Northern Gateway Pipeline project demonstrates our principled approach to aboriginal engagement and consultation through Protocol Agreements which establish the guidelines we use to create mutually respectful discussions. The agreements often include financial support for First Nations to engage in communications about Northern Gateway and to support their participation in the project's Joint Review Panel process. To date, we've signed over 30 Protocol Agreements with First Nations.
In August 2009, we entered into a formal Portocol Agreement with the Paul First Nation, agreeing to a process and protocol for the discussion and resolution of issues related to the construction, operation and maintenance of the proposed pipeline, as well as the potential benefits to the Paul First Nation. As part of the agreement, Enbridge provides funding to the Paul First Nation to participate in the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency review process.
Another Protocol Agreement signee, the Tl'azt'en First Nation, one of eight members of the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council, is particularly concerned about Keyoh holders' rights. Keyoh holders have a responsibility to provide for their families from their Keyoh lands, so the preservation of the Keyoh's productivity is vital. We respect these rights and are committed to working with First Nations members to ensure their concerns are addressed.
Enbridge is committed to fair and equal access to education, training, employment and business development opportunities associated with our operations for all First Nations community members. The construction and ongoing operation of Northern Gateway will create many opportunities--over 4000 during the construction phase alone--for skilled labour and contractors. Enbridge is committed to helping First Nations community members secure a fair and equitable portion of these positions. Additional opportunities also exist for business partners, suppliers and contractors. Read more about Benefits for Aboriginals here.
We're proud to support worthwhile community initiatives in First Nations communities. To date, Northern Gateway has provided financial support for a geothermal project at the Burns Lake Band, a week-long Community Gathering and Celebration of the Cheslatta, the Takla Lake Early Stuart Sockeye Recovery Program, the Tl'azt'en Nation Elders Society culture camps, the 2009 Canadian Native Fastball championships hosted by the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation and the North East Native Advancing Society's Fort St John area Go Karts for Girls team, amongst other initiatives.
Northern Gateway announces $1.5M education & training fund. Read more.