One way TransCanada acknowledges the legal status of Indigenous peoples and their unique relationship to the land is through agreements.
In northern B.C., TransCanada has been working with First Nations for a number of years to establish mutually beneficial agreements with communities along our Coastal GasLink pipeline project route from Dawson Creek to Kitimat. As of October 2016, the Coastal GasLink pipeline project has signed project agreements with 13 northern B.C. First Nations. Read more at www.coastalgaslink.com.
We enter into agreements in the spirit of maintaining our commitments, formalizing engagement and establishing long-term relationships, while creating certainty for both parties. Agreements take many forms and reflect a number of considerations.
When we enter into agreements with Indigenous communities, the agreements are confidential, which further reflects our commitment to maintaining the trust of communities.
In addition, agreements establish a framework for advancing discussions related to mutual interests that can include defining the engagement process, economic opportunities, community legacy funds and land stewardship.