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Message from the Minister of Natural Resources
As Canada steps up its climate ambitions — with one of the world’s most detailed action plans for reducing emissions while concur-rently unlocking the economic opportunities of a clean-growth, low-carbon future — the government is working with communities and partners in all parts of the country to deliver on its commitments. These partners include the Indigenous Advisory and Monitoring Committee for both the Trans Mountain Expansion and existing pipeline (IAMC-TMX) — an inclusive model for building sustainable prosperity as we work toward net-zero emissions by 2050.
The IAMC-TMX is many things: a collaborative forum; a vehicle for advancing Indigenous reconciliation; and an example of what genuine partnerships can achieve.
I know that all of this is true because I have seen the Committee’s success first-hand.
After I was appointed the Minister of Natural Resources last November, I was invited to participate in a Line Wide Gathering and had a chance to meet several of the Committee members. The important work of the Commit-tee, informed by the expertise and knowledge of its members, includes completing its 100th Compliance Verification Activity with the Cana-da Energy Regulator; continuing to advance the Temporary Work Camps and Influx of Workers Initiative; and playing a vital role monitoring the impact of the devastating floods in British Columbia last fall.
This report reflects all of this work. The fact that the IAMC-TMX has accomplished much of it during a global pandemic and while working almost exclusively in a virtual environment is truly impressive.
Now, as the Committee returns to in-person meetings and work, I look forward to its continued success in the coming years.
Minister of Natural Resources
Message from Canada Energy Regulator CEO
The CER is committed to advancing Reconciliation and changing the way we work with Indigenous Peoples. I am pleased to see how our interactions with the IAMCs are result-ing in meaningful changes to CER processes, policies, activities and relationships. The partner-ships being developed with Indigenous Nations that participate in the IAMCs are helping to transform the way we regulate and are resulting in tangible progress on our Reconciliation Strategic Priority.
One of the key accomplishments this year was the completion of our 100th compliance verification activity with IAMC-TMX Indigenous Monitors. As well, Indigenous Monitors played an important role in our response efforts in the field following the BC floods.
We are also proud of the work we have accomplished together with the IAMC Indige-nous Caucus the Trans Mountain Corporation, and Natural Resources Canada. Our joint commitment to co-develop and implement improvements to Indigenous monitoring policy and programs through the TMX-IAMC Policy Table drove tangible results. Key work has included: the endorsement of an issue resolution Field Discussion Forum to enable a continued discussion between Trans Mountain, the Indigenous Caucus of the IAMC-TMX, and the CER on operational issues that go beyond compliance-related issues; the development of a Community Profiles tool for Indigenous Monitors and CER Inspectors — a mobile tool that Indigenous Monitors can use remotely to access community information relevant to inspection areas; and a new Bridging Program that sees experienced Indigenous Monitors join the CER and train to become designated Inspection Officers. As members of the CER, they will help build our internal capac-ity while ensuring we continue to enhance the meaningful participation of Indigenous commu-nities in oversight activities. The CER welcomed the Government of Canada’s commitment to continue funding for the IAMCs, and we are very committed to working with our IAMC partners on this important initiative.
The IAMC-TMX has done important work on Sites of Indigenous Significance, holding multi-ple workshops to redefine their protection, as well as setting expectations on how companies should engage with affected communities. This work has helped the Trans Mountain Corpora-tion make its process for chance finds of Sites of Indigenous Significance more transparent.
Through the work of the IAMCs, the perspec-tives of Indigenous peoples and communities are being considered a thoughtful way, ultimate-ly meaning potential impacts are addressed much more effectively. The CER is grateful to be a part of this committee, with so many who are working hard to protect Indigenous rights and interests, and advance Reconciliation.
I am proud of the progress we have achieved together and commit to working humbly with the IAMC to continue this journey.
Gitane De Silva
Chief Executive Officer
Canada Energy Regulator
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