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The participation and input of Aboriginal peoples and communities are integral to the success of many of Canada’s existing and emerging energy and resource development opportunities on the West Coast.
The Government of Canada has a role to play in building support for proposed west coast oil and gas export pipelines, marine terminals and other related energy export infrastructure. The Government of Canada also has a role to ensure that potential impacts from development are appropriately addressed and that Aboriginal communities share in the economic benefits that arise from the responsible development of Canada’s natural resources.
The Government has 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 Special Federal Representative will pursue greater Aboriginal engagement on opportunities related to proposed West Coast energy infrastructure, including identifying the factors required to build greater Aboriginal support, engagement and participation on the basis of shared interests.
The Special Federal Representative will:
- 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.
The Special Federal Representative will report directly to the Prime Minister and will submit a preliminary report by June 28, 2013, and a final report by November 29, 2013.
Natural Resources Canada will provide support and advice to the Special Federal Representative in carrying out his mandate.
Office of Canada’s Minister of
Natural Resources Canada
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