On May 27, 2014, the Honourable Greg Rickford, Canada's
Minister of Natural Resources and Minister for the Federal Economic
Development Initiative for Northern Ontario, announced two new measures to strengthen engagement
with First Nations: the creation of the Major Projects
Management Office West and a tripartite forum. These new approaches
flow from the final report of Douglas Eyford, Special Federal
Representative on West Coast Energy Infrastructure, released in
December 2013 following eight months of consultations with First
Nations, provincial governments, and industry.
The Major Projects Office West will serve as a single window for
the federal government to coordinate activities on energy
infrastructure development with B.C. First Nations and industry in
B.C. and Alberta. Key functions will include facilitating
meaningful engagement and ongoing dialogue between industry, First
Nations and the British Columbia government, and addressing the
unique elements of energy exports in B.C. The Major Projects Office
West is also expected to contribute to a better understanding of
the issues raised by First Nations, and identify actions that will
support First Nations involvement in West Coast energy projects in
areas such as employment, business opportunities, and tanker and
pipeline safety systems.
The tripartite forum will provide an opportunity for the Federal
government, the B.C. Government and First Nation leaders to share
information, identify common interests and align efforts on issues
directly impacting Aboriginal participation in the development of
energy infrastructure and natural resources on Canada's west
Through development of the Major Projects Office West and the
tripartite forum, the Government of Canada has indicated that it is
committed to working with First Nations to ensure that they can
meaningfully participate in the development and operation of
Canada's tanker and pipeline safety systems.
The Government of Canada news release is available here.
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