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Indigenous communities forge historic partnership with Enbridge – CFWE

September 29th, 2022

“…our people should not live in poverty of the land of milk and honey.”

Chief Greg Desjarlais was understandably beaming on Wednesday.

That’s because Desjarlais, the chief of Frog Lake First Nation, took part in a news conference on Sept. 28 where it was announced that 23 First Nation and Métis communities had purchased a minority stake from Enbridge in seven pipelines located in northern Alberta.

“Today is truly a significant day for First Nations and Métis communities in the Athabasca region,” Desjarlais said. “It’s a day that brings me great pride because it’s a day that marks the beginning of a new path for our people.”

The participating Indigenous communities acquired an 11.57 per cent non-operating interest for the seven pipelines Enbridge operates in the province’s Athabasca region. The transaction is worth $1.12 billion.

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