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On March 19, 2013, the Government of Canada appointed Douglas Eyford as Special Federal Representative on West Coast Energy Infrastructure to engage Aboriginal communities in British Columbia and Alberta that are most likely to have an interest in West Coast energy infrastructure.
The report recognizes an opportunity for Aboriginal communities to realize sustainable benefits and be partners in responsible resource development. Aboriginal leaders and communities are mindful of this opportunity as evidenced already by extensive engagement on the ground with industry and governments.
The Government will be attentive to the full range of perspectives and views that have been and will continue to be expressed, as we engage and pursue our efforts.
The Special Federal Representative reported directly to the Prime Minister and was mandated to:
- Communicate directly with Aboriginal communities, industry stakeholders and provincial and local government authorities to gain a better understanding of issues and opportunities related to the development of West Coast energy infrastructure, including factors that would affect Aboriginal interests in relation to this development;
- Share information with Aboriginal communities on the federal pipeline and marine safety initiatives, including the review by the Tanker Safety Experts Panel, and identify factors and propose options to facilitate Aboriginal participation in new initiatives proposed to ensure world-class marine and pipeline safety;
- Identify factors affecting Aboriginal participation in employment and business opportunities arising from the development of West Coast energy infrastructure and propose options to address and promote Aboriginal interests and to enable Aboriginal communities to create more business and employment opportunities; and
- Identify factors affecting Aboriginal participation in addressing environmental and socio-economic issues in relation to the development of West Coast energy infrastructure, and propose options to increase that participation.
To read the complete final report from the Special Federal Representative please visit: http://www.nrcan.gc.ca/publications/home/87
Office of Canada's Minister of Natural Resources
Natural Resources Canada
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