Indigenous Monitoring

Our Indigenous monitoring program strengthens our safety and environmental oversight to prevent harm, help protect Indigenous interests and build relationships.

Indigenous Advisory and Monitoring Committees

Indigenous peoples, the Government of Canada, and the CER worked together to create the Indigenous Advisory and Monitoring Committees, or IAMCs. We are a member of 2 IAMCs: one for the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion (TMX) and one for the Enbridge Line 3 Replacement Program (Line 3).

These IAMCs operate independently to increase Indigenous involvement in the federal monitoring and oversight of these 2 projects. The Committees provide the opportunity for Indigenous peoples to participate meaningfully in oversight activities along the pipeline corridor while companies do work to build and operate the projects.

For more information, visit their websites (external links English only):

While the Keystone XL Project and the Nova Gas Transmission Ltd (NGTL) system do not have an IAMC, the CER signed contracts with Indigenous businesses to employ Indigenous Monitors for construction oversight of these projects. For more information, visit these websites:

Indigenous monitors

Indigenous monitors have been working with the CER to oversee construction for the 4 projects we speak about above (TMX, Line 3, Keystone and the NGTL system). Indigenous monitors participate with the CER in:

  • inspections
  • emergency response exercises
  • compliance verification meetings

Training sessions

Indigenous Monitors and CER Inspection Officers have participated in joint training sessions. Elders also participated in the training, providing oral knowledge in addition to opening each session with prayers and ceremonies. In some cases, the Inspection Teams also participated in walks lead by Elders and a sweat lodge. These training sessions are considered to be capacity building for both Indigenous Monitors and CER staff.

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