CER Announces the Establishment of First Indigenous Advisory Committee

Committee made up of respected Indigenous leaders from across the country.

News Release
For Immediate Release

August 5, 2020 – Calgary, AB – Canada Energy Regulator

For the first time ever, Canada’s federal energy regulator has an Indigenous Advisory Committee (IAC) who will advise the Board of Directors on how the CER can build a new relationship with Indigenous peoples. Members of the IAC are leaders at the local, regional and national level, are respected voices of their communities, and bring deep experience in the energy and natural resources sector.

The committee members are:

The IAC provides advice from the diversity of its members’ Indigenous perspectives and is an integral part of the CER’s formal governance structure. IAC Members:

  • Contribute strategic advice and perspective on how the CER can make meaningful progress towards reconciliation in Canada;
  • Promote opportunities for positive systemic change through building and strengthening new relationships with the Board and CER staff;
  • Leverage their experience with the energy and/or natural resource sector in providing advice;
  • Share Indigenous values and teachings as a respected voice of their communities, so the IAC and CER can learn from each other and integrate Indigenous perspectives in the CER’s strategies, plans and actions.

Quick Facts

  • The committee is made up of nine members, three of whom are appointed directly by national Indigenous organizations: the Assembly of First Nations, the Métis National Council and Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami. We are working to finalize the ITK nomination and we are holding a spot for their participation.
  • The IAC plays a key advisory role to the CER’s Board of Directors on how best to enhance the involvement of Indigenous peoples and organizations in respect of CER-regulated infrastructure and other matters.
  • Committee members reflect Canada’s diversity of Indigenous communities, languages, genders, geographies, and skills and expertise.
  • The IAC does not deal with specific CER-regulated projects, detailed operational matters or regulatory decision-making, nor does it provide advice on any particular decision, order or recommendation that is made by the CER Commission.


“We are grateful to have Indigenous leaders with such a depth of knowledge agree to provide their strategic counsel and advice to the CER. Their contribution will be key to transforming the CER’s relationship with Indigenous people in Canada."
Cassie Doyle
Chairperson, Board of Directors

“The creation of the Indigenous Advisory Committee is a key step along the CER’s path to reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.”
Melanie Debassige
Member, Board of Directors

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