The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority recognizes the importance of appropriately and effectively engaging with the various Indigenous groups that have asserted or established Aboriginal and treaty rights, and related interests, that may be affected by the project. The project is adjacent to the Tsawwassen First Nation community.

The port authority commenced project-related engagement with numerous Indigenous groups in 2011.

The port authority has undertaken an engagement and consultation program with 46 Indigenous groups as directed by the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, which will continue throughout the federal review and permitting of the project and, should the project proceed, into construction and operation. Topics include environmental effects of the project, marine shipping associated with the project, proposed mitigation, follow-up programs, and a legacy benefit fund for projects of importance to Indigenous groups. The port authority is also negotiating mutual benefit agreements with Indigenous groups.

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