There’s a new way of thinking that respects traditional owners’ right to give consent to resource development—and improve Indigenous lives with the profits that follow.
That’s what Project Reconciliation is about. Canada can make the Trans Mountain pipeline a Reconciliation pipeline by selling a majority stake to Indigenous communities, so they can create a Sovereign Wealth and Reconciliation Fund that will generate long-term revenues for Indigenous communities across the West.
But putting Reconciliation into action goes beyond finances. Majority Indigenous ownership of the Reconciliation pipeline also ensures Indigenous voices will be heard in deciding how traditional lands and waters are protected and enhanced.
Reconciliation isn’t words. It’s ensuring the benefits of resource development flow directly to Indigenous peoples. And it’s respecting their voices when deciding how to develop and ship these resources responsibly in a way that’s consistent with the United Nation’s Declaration on Indigenous People. It says Indigenous peoples “have the right to economic development” and we agree. So, too, does the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which called on Canada to adopt the UN’s declaration.
"The status quo has given Indigenous peoples more than enough experience managing poverty. It’s time for us to manage wealth." — Shane Gottfriedson, B.C. Director
Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion
The original Trans Mountain Pipeline (TMP) has been a key petroleum transportation link since it was built in 1953. It’s a vital piece of infrastructure for Canada’s third largest industry – the oil and gas sector – traversing traditional lands from Strathcona County, Alberta to Burnaby, BC . The Trans Mountain Expansion Project – or TMX – is an additional 980 kilometres of new pipe constructed immediately adjacent to the existing 1,150 kilometre TMP.
Why expand? “The Trans Mountain Expansion Project will help make sure Canada gets full value for its oil. Everyone will benefit. Workers will benefit during the $7.4 billion* construction project. Oil producers will earn more revenue for their product. Government will collect more tax revenue from oil. These revenues contribute to services that benefit all Canadians.“
"A Reconciliation pipeline won’t only improve Indigenous lives. It will help all Canadians benefit from the higher prices our resources will command." — Shane Gottfriedson, B.C. Director