Chief Pierre Pelletier says the Red Rock Indian Band has had a “long-standing and respectful” relationship with TransCanada, dating back from the days when the Canadian Mainline system of natural gas pipelines was built on their lands in the 1980s and 1990s.
Today, this long-term relationship is being reinforced by a new agreement as the Red Rock Indian Band and TransCanada sign a Letter of Intent to discuss the electricity requirements to power the Energy East Pipeline project on the traditional territory of the Red Rock First Nation in northwestern Ontario.
A working group will be established to review the feasibility of two new power transmission line projects with the potential to provide electricity for the Eagle Head pump station and, for the first time, to the community itself.
“With today’s agreement, Energy East has once again demonstrated this mutual respect by engaging in a respectful dialogue, allowing us to share information and work toward a meaningful, long-term economic benefit to my community,” Chief Pelletier said in a news release.
This agreement provides the first steps to a long-term economic opportunity for transmission projects in the region. It is also another testimony to TransCanada’s commitment to involve Indigenous communities in all aspects of project development and contribute to the long-term aspirations of their peoples through community investment, capacity development and economic opportunities.
“I want to express our continued commitment to work collaboratively on issues of common interest with First Nation communities along our route and thank Chief Pelletier for his leadership in achieving today’s agreement,” said Francois Poirier, President of the Energy East Pipeline project.
Respect and dialogue are the basis of TransCanada’s relationship with Indigenous peoples, and they have been the underlying drivers of the 797 face-to-face engagement meetings the Energy East team has held with First Nation communities across Ontario over the past three years.
To date, we have signed 30 Engagement Agreements with First Nation communities in Ontario – most recently with Grand Council Treaty #3, the traditional government of the Anishinaabe Nation in the northwestern part of the province.
We will continue to work with the community, the Ontario government and other stakeholders to help advance this opportunity, and ensure many more come about as the development, construction and operation of Energy East unfolds the far-reaching benefits such as large-scale infrastructure project entails.