Engagement with Indigenous peoples

Engagement with Indigenous peoples

Engagement with Indigenous peoples

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We know that Indigenous peoples have a long relationship and connection with the land, water and resources that could be impacted by a project that is regulated by the CER.

The CER is committed to hearing from Indigenous peoples in a way that respects their values and traditions.

When we consider a project application, input by Indigenous peoples help provide relevant biophysical and cultural information, identify potential environmental and socio-economic effects and strengthen mitigation measures. All of this leads to better decisions.

As an Agent of the Crown, the CER relies on its process, including CER-mandated proponent consultation, to the extent possible to meet its obligation to consult Indigenous peoples.

The CER requires companies to consult with potentially impacted Indigenous groups early in the project planning and design phases. It is also required that a company has provided information about the project to those with interests in the project area.

The CER proactively contacts Indigenous groups who may be impacted by a proposed project that requires a public hearing. We offer to meet with Indigenous groups to explain our regulatory process and how to participate in it and provide information on our Participant Funding Program.

Indigenous groups may participate directly in the CER hearing process in several ways. The participation options are described in the NEB hearing process handbook and in the hearing order for the project. We have process advisors who, as part of their role, support Indigenous groups participating in public hearings.

We have integrated ceremonies or other traditional practices into the hearing process and will continue to accommodate Indigenous participants. We consider suggestions from all hearing participants in choosing the hearing location and timing, to make the hearing as accessible as possible.

We also understand that Indigenous peoples have an oral tradition for sharing stories, lessons and knowledge from generation to generation, and this information cannot always be shared adequately in writing. To respect this, Elders and other community members may give their traditional evidence orally at a hearing.

Involvement of Indigenous peoples in a project continues throughout its lifecycle. The CER continues to address concerns and build relationships with the Indigenous groups located near the projects we regulate. The CER is a member of the Indigenous Advisory and Monitoring Committees (IAMC) established for the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion and Line 3 Replacement Program projects. The goal of these committees is to build a new relationship between the Government of Canada, the CER and Indigenous groups. The CER is actively working with both IAMCs and their sub-committees to address issues of mutual interest and to improve regulatory outcomes. The implementation of these committees also means that Indigenous Monitors are working along-side CER Inspection Officers to provide an Indigenous perspective to the oversight of the company’s construction and operation activities.

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