Trans Mountain is agreeing to allow a BC First Nation to be active in the construction of the pipeline expansion project.
An agreement was reached on November 4 with Upper Nicola Band allowing them to be more involved in emergency response and monitoring through the life of the project.
In a release, President and CEO of Trans Mountain Corporation Ian Anderson says they share the First Nation’s vision of a strong and flourishing community – and this agreement ensures the protection of its environment.
“We know emergency response equipment and training are critical for Upper Nicola Band and our agreement helps ensure we can work together to support the continued protection of the community and the environment.”
The organization is calling the agreement a significant step forward in establishing a foundation for addressing environmental, archaeological and cultural heritage concerns.
Meanwhile, UNB Chief Harvey McLeod says they still have a number of significant issues that must be addressed directly with the Federal government.
“Canada still has a lot of work to do to recognize and respect Syilx title and rights, including our governance rights, and engage in consent-based dialogue with Upper Nicola and with our Nation,” he said.
“The bottom line is that Consultation process needs to change.”
The project is expected to be completed by mid-2022.