The first of four sessions of Aboriginal Oral Hearings for the Trans Mountain Expansion Project, held by the National Energy Board (NEB), was completed in Edmonton on September 4. Five Aboriginal groups (Gunn Métis Local 55, Sunchild First Nation, Samson Cree Nation, Michel First Nation and O’Chiese First Nation) presented at the Hearings.

Trans Mountain was present as groups shared information, such as stories, lessons and traditional knowledge that is passed down from generation to generation that cannot be adequately conveyed in writing.

“These hearings are an essential part of the process and provide a way for Aboriginal Peoples to share their traditional knowledge and experience,” says Gary Youngman, Lead, Aboriginal Engagement.

For more than two years we have been engaging in meaningful consultation with Aboriginal groups along the proposed pipeline corridor and marine corridor. We continue to engage with Aboriginal communities and Aboriginal groups in Alberta and British Columbia to provide comprehensive information about, and seek feedback on, the Project and to identify any anticipated impacts of the Project.

The Edmonton session was the first of four sessions being held between August and November 2014. The three upcoming sessions will be held in Kamloops, Chilliwack and Victoria. For additional information and a Q+A from the NEB click here.

Read our previous update for more information about the Oral Traditional Hearings.