Indigenous Peoples Consultations and Engagement
The Northern Pipeline Agency (Agency) is the lead for all federal consultations with Indigenous peoples on matters of interest and concern related to the Alaska Highway Gas Pipeline (AHGP). Consultation and accommodation is carried out in a manner that seeks to balance Aboriginal interests with other societal interests, relationships and positive outcomes for all Canadians.
Consulting is an important part of good governance, sound policy development and decision-making. In addition to good governance objectives, the Agency has statutory and common law obligations to consult with Aboriginal people when it contemplates conduct that might adversely impact Aboriginal rights (established or potential). The Agency is guided in its work by the 2011 Guidelines for Federal Officials to Fulfill the Duty to Consult (2011).
The Northern Pipeline Act provides explicitly for the consideration of Aboriginal interests and was enacted at a time before the evolution of modern consultation duties as now set out in law and policy. The relationships established between the Agency and Aboriginal groups in the 1970s are being reinvigorated today in a modern context.
The Agency has engaged and consulted with Aboriginal groups along the pipeline route in Yukon and northern B.C. In late 2011, the Agency collaborated with the Government of the Yukon, TransCanada and the Alaska Highway Aboriginal Pipeline Coalition to offer workshops on training and business opportunities as well as on the regulatory framework, followed by a Round Table on the regulatory framework in January 2012. The Agency has been engaging with Aboriginal communities in order to build respectful relationships so that we can work together in the coming months and years. Aboriginal input into the environmental and socio-economic aspects of the AHGP – should it proceed - is invaluable, and the project presents significant economic opportunities for northern Aboriginal communities in Yukon and British Columbia.
The First Nations and Métis groups who have been engaged recently by the Agency include:
Alaska Highway Aboriginal Pipeline Coalition
Carcross Tagish First Nation
Champagne Aishihik First Nation
Council of Yukon First Nations
Kluane First Nation
Kwanlin Dun First Nation
Liard First Nation
Little Salmon Carmacks First Nation
First Nation of Na-cho Nyak Dun
Ross River Dena Council
Selkirk First Nation
Ta’an Kwach’an Council
Teslin Tlingit Council
Vuntut Gwichin First Nation
White River First Nation
Blueberry River First Nation
Doig River First Nation
Fort Nelson First Nation
Halfway River First Nation
West Moberly First Nation
Métis Nation of B.C.
Prophet River First Nation
Kwadacha First Nation
Daylu Dena Council
Treaty 8 Tribal Association
Transboundary (between Yukon and British Columbia)
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