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Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

The Memorandum of Understanding is an agreement on the principles for working together on a Mackenzie Valley pipeline during the planning phase and beyond. It provides an opportunity for the Mackenzie Valley Aboriginal Pipeline Corporation (MVAPC) to acquire up to a one-third interest in the Mackenzie Valley Pipeline. It also includes the principles for land access and benefits arrangements.


Signing of Memorandum of Understanding October 15, 2001. Left to right: Ray Woods, Senior Operating Officer, Resources, Shell Canada Limited; Nellie Cournoyea, Chair, Mackenzie Valley Aboriginal Pipeline Corporation; K.C. Williams, Senior Vice President and Director, Imperial Oil Limited.

The MVAPC is the general partner of the Mackenzie Valley Aboriginal Pipeline Limited Partnership, which is expected to hold the interest of the Aboriginal Pipeline Group (APG) in the Mackenzie Valley Pipeline.

The aboriginal communities of the Northwest Territories established the Aboriginal Pipeline Group in the summer of 2000. This was the follow-up to a resolution made by aboriginal leaders in Fort Liard in January 2000. The resolution stated their desire to build a business partnership to maximize ownership and benefits of a Mackenzie Valley Pipeline for the aboriginal people of the Northwest Territories.

In 2001, the Aboriginal Pipeline Group established the Mackenzie Valley Aboriginal Pipeline Limited Partnership to represent the aboriginal interest in the Mackenzie Valley Pipeline.

In June 2003, funding and participation agreements were reached between the Producer Group, the APG and TranCanada Pipelines Limited. These agreements further enhance the rights of the APG.


Signing of funding and participation agreements on June 18, 2003. From left to right: K.C. Williams, Senior Vice President and Director, Imperial Oil Limited; Fred Carmichael, Chair, Mackenzie Valley Aboriginal Pipeline Corporation; Nellie Cournoyea, Chair, Inuvialuit Regional Corporation; [not shown] Hal Kvisle, Chief Executive Officer, TransCanada PipeLines Limited.

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