This week leaders of the Peters First Nation shared their support of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project in a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. They’re one of many Aboriginal groups that have signed a Mutual Benefit Agreement with the Project. To date, 43 Mutual Benefit Agreements have been signed that will see in excess of $400 million shared with those communities

Concerned that the benefits their community would receive from the Project are in jeopardy because of political delays, Peters First Nation Chief Norma Webb and Council members stated in the letter: 

“We are concerned that among all of the well-funded and highly publicized opposition, that the voice of Indigenous Nations that support [Trans Mountain] has been lost.”

The Peters First Nation asked the Prime Minister to carry out the Project as planned and in a fair and timely manner so construction can proceed on schedule.

“We fear that if your government does not take sufficient action to address these issues, our work over the past few years to ensure that the Project will benefit our membership will be naught.” 

The existing pipeline traverses the Peters First Nation community in Hope, BC and has operated responsibly for more than 60 years. The expanded line has permission to cross their land and through the Mutual Benefit Agreement, the community would see direct benefits through tax revenue, jobs, and employment and training opportunities.