As part of the Anchor Loop consultation program, Trans Mountain established an Aboriginal engagement program with the specific goal of developing mutually beneficial working relationships with Aboriginal Peoples on all aspects of the project. Trans Mountain is committed to establishing and maintaining effective relationships with Aboriginal communities in proximity to new or existing operating areas — a practice that continues today.
Through the discussions that took place, valuable traditional land use and environmental knowledge were obtained early in the Environmental Assessment (EA) process.
Within each Aboriginal community, the Anchor Loop project team developed specific processes to address community-specific concerns. The majority of issues expressed by the Aboriginal communities related to the project’s impact on the environment and the need for Aboriginal participation in the economic opportunities arising from construction of the pipeline.
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Community members participated in various environmental field studies in support of the project’s Environmental Assessment report.
The economic interests of Aboriginal communities were addressed with contract and employment opportunities during and after construction of the pipeline and, where appropriate, Mutual Benefits Agreements were established.
Trans Mountain developed procedures and appointed dedicated individuals to work closely with all Aboriginal contractors throughout the construction period.
Trans Mountain is proud of its history of working together with Aboriginal Peoples and communities.