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Community Involvement

Consultation with communitiesCommunity involvement is an important part of the planning process for the Mackenzie Gas Project. We are committed to consult with local residents about the Project. We intend to communicate and consult in an open, honest and approachable manner. We hope people will share their information and views throughout the process, speaking openly and honestly.

Our commitment to a two-way public consultation process includes asking for feedback on consultation process, providing information on project plans, and receiving and carefully considering public input and feedback. This consultation process includes formal presentations, workshops, open houses and informal discussions. To assist us in connecting with people, we have opened three regional offices in the Northwest Territories in Inuvik, Norman Wells and Fort Simpson.

The public consultation process is:

  • Open and honest - a shared process which openly addresses expectations and objectives, limitations and timelines

  • Timely - providing information early and often, with adequate notice of opportunities for involvement

  • Respectful - of people, values and cultures, acting openly, honestly and politely, while ensuring effective listening and talking

  • Two-way - listening carefully, using understanable language, providing opportunities to exchange information, and share in education about interests, objectives and values

  • Responsive - following up on inquires and commitments

A variety of topics are considered during the
public consultation process, including:

  • Project description, information

  • route of the pipeline, location of facilities

  • natural gas fields and the associated facility development

  • land access for pipeline construction and related activities

  • effect of the Project on the northern way of life and economy

  • benefits agreements and related arrangements

  • Traditional Knowledge

  • environmental studies and assessments

  • employment and business opportunities

  • training and education needs

Regular meetings and discussions have been, and will continue to be, held with aboriginal organizations and residents in such regions as the:

  • Inuvialuit Settlement Region

  • Gwich'in Settlement Area

  • Sahtu Settlement Area

  • Deh Cho Region

  • Dene Tha' Region (in northern Alberta)

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