We commenced project-related engagement with Indigenous groups in 2011, and have undertaken consultation with 46 Indigenous groups as directed by the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency. Consultation will continue throughout the federal review and permitting of the project and, should the project proceed, into construction and operation.

Consultation topics have included environmental effects of the project, marine shipping associated with the project, proposed mitigation, environmental management plans, and the Follow-up Program. Our comprehensive, multi-phased consultation program has allowed for the integration of Indigenous knowledge throughout all phases of project development.

We are also negotiating mutual benefit agreements with Indigenous groups to ensure that positive opportunities of the project are shared.

Acting on what we’ve heard

Wherever possible, we have integrated what we’ve heard into project design, mitigation measures, environmental management plans, and Follow-up Program elements.

As an example, we’ve heard from Indigenous groups that eulachon is important culturally, spiritually, and economically. We used this information to inform our assessment of effects to forage fish from changes in underwater noise. As a result, we have committed to deploying sonar equipment to track migrating eulachon in real-time and manage potential disturbance due to dredging required for the project. We’ll also work collaboratively with Indigenous groups to implement additional mitigation that is eulachon specific.

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