At least one First Nation Group says it felt the need to sign an agreement with Kinder Morgan after yesterday’s pipeline announcement.
Chief of the Lower Nicola Indian Band, Aaron Sam says a majority of First Nations affected by the current pipeline and proposed expansion have yet to sign on with the company.
The Lower Nicole Band was one of those…until yesterday.
“Our community felt enormous pressure. We made a decision to sign that conditional agreement on our community members deciding to either accept or ratify that decision. And we’ll hear back from our membership early in the New Year.”
“There is a financial component, also going to be further discussion of a future contract in procurement opportunities for our members. We also have to do some sections in the agreement in relation to the protection of heritage and as well environment protection and spill response.”
Community members will vote on the conditional agreement in January.
Sam says the conditional agreement includes a financial component and heritage protection.
He says only 39 First Nations have officially given the go-ahead out of more than 100 Aboriginal groups consulted.