Mutual benefit agreements (MbAs) and similar trade agreements are confidential between the signatory states and define a voluntary and mutually beneficial long-term relationship between the project and a certain indigenous community. Benefits may include pipeline training and workplace training, skills improvements, business opportunities or improvements to local services and infrastructure. These agreements are with Aboriginal communities that are located directly on the project and sea corridor between Alberta and Vancouver Island or that could be affected. With 41 agreements and 14 First Nation groups or indigenous groups involved in legal challenges, our database finds that the following 85 do not have agreements: “These agreements demonstrate our ongoing commitment to working through different concerns and perspectives for mutual benefit. We will continue to build on these relationships and work to maintain the trust that has enabled the support we have received from Aboriginal communities,” said Ian Anderson, President and CEO of Trans Mountain Corporation. “The agreements are a symbol and recognition of a common respect and help ensure that indigenous groups are able to harness the economic value of expansion in a way that creates a lasting legacy for their people.” Until February 7, 2020, the project has signed 58 agreements with indigenous groups worth more than $500 million. The other two nations or groups counted by Kinder Morgan cannot be confirmed at this time – the company has not publicly explained which nations are among the 43 countries with which they are expected to enter into agreements. Our employment policy is designed to improve employment opportunities for Aboriginal people. We have a support program in place to contribute to the transferable construction education and training initiatives and the skills associated with them, which allow us to work in different work environments. We have also developed a training policy for Aboriginal people, focusing on creating initiatives that increase the long-term capacity of Aboriginal people to participate in the economy and participate in the success of the project. As part of the Indigenous Engagement program, we discuss employment and training opportunities with interested Aboriginal communities. To date, it has 19 agreements along 95 percent of the pipeline route, usually to provide funding for things like education and training, new hiking trails and park improvements.
Kinder Morgan refers to 43 Mutual Benefits Agreements (MBAs) signed to show indigenous support for the pipeline. Trans Mountain Tracing data confirm that the following 41 nations have an agreement in some form: Since the westward pipeline extension in the B.C., Trans Mountain has continued to sign performance agreements with municipalities along the route. TMX will also help strengthen Canada`s lead as a global supplier of safe and stable oil – now and in the future – while generating revenue to finance its transition to a low-carbon future. The Secwepemc are proponents of the pipeline. Many other First Nations have also signed mutual utility agreements to support their communities. As the Canadian government is in full possession and is looking for long-term investors for the project, we will continue to update the database. The agreements are an important step forward in building relationships with a solid foundation for the treatment of environmental, archaeological and heritage foundations, as well as for the creation of jobs, training, business opportunities and other benefits of the Community. An unclaimed federal government source told The Canadian Press on Tuesday that more Aboriginal groups support the project than they oppose it.
But some groups that have signed agreements say there was no other choice.