Did you know that there are 43 aboriginal communities who have signed contracts called Mutual Benefit Agreements (MBA) with the Trans Mountain expansion project, valued at more than $400 million?
This includes a majority of the First Nations along the route – 10 in Alberta and 33 in British Columbia. In fact, about 80 percent of the communities within close proximity to the pipeline support the project.
It’s very important that as Canadians we look at the big picture and are listening to all sides of the discussion. We cannot forget that there ARE in fact many First Nations whose communities are located along the pipeline’s route that want to see this project happen!
Here’s a few quotes from First Nation Chiefs who support the TransMountain Pipeline Expansion:
6 Quotes from First Nations Chiefs in Support of the TMX
"Cancellation of the Trans Mountain pieline would cost B.C. First Nations hundreds of millions of dollars in benefits, job training, and employment and business opportunities." - Chief Ernie Crey, Cheam First Nation
“It took two years of understanding what the pipeline is about… … and the various risks that were going to be associated with it, so we were able to do our own environmental studies and to address anything that we thought was important in the agreement, and we did that. [So] If the project doesn’t go, there would be quite a number of contracts… and people wouldn’t have the opportunity to work or contract to all of the different pieces of the construction.” – Chief Nathan Matthew, Simpcw First Nation
“(I) always hear the stories about [the] 1800s… when [treaties were] signed. Why can’t we tell stories about when we signed the great deals from 2018 and made prosperity happen for First Nations? The opportunity is before us. Don’t flounder it.” - Chief Allan Adam, Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation
“The outcome that we reached in the Mutual Benefit Agreement involved a collaborative process… resulting in training, employment and contract opportunities for Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc members and compensation for the inequities dating back to 1953.” – Chief Fred Seymour, Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation
“Please don’t buy into the environmentalist argument. They’re the ones who, at the end of the day, were successful in creating poverty in northern Canada, right across the board. That’s why we see all the communities impoverished.” –Chief Jim Boucher, Fort McKay First Nation
“… Joint Venture Partnerships [with Kinder Morgan] reflect our values of social, cultural and environmental sustainability, are highly-competitive and will continue to earn and win opportunities for our people and community for many years to come. Kinder Morgan’s ongoing support of the training, employment and community benefits that come from respectful, two-way partnerships is just what is needed to move our community forward…” Chief Casey Bird, Paul First Nation
What Can You Do?
Every day that pipelines don’t get built, Canada continues to give its prosperity away and it is affecting us all! Here’s a few simple things you can do to help restore balance to the pipeline debate in Canada:
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