VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Dec. 5, 2013) - The Honourable Joe Oliver, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources, today responded to the final report from Douglas Eyford, Special Federal Representative on West Coast Energy Infrastructure. For eight months, Mr. Eyford has met with Aboriginal communities and organizations that have an interest in future energy infrastructure development. He also met with industry and provincial and local governments across British Columbia and Alberta to prepare his report.
"This report from the Special Federal Representative is a solid basis for sustained engagement on responsible resource development with Aboriginal Peoples in British Columbia and Alberta," said Minister Oliver. "Our government will thoroughly review the recommendations before making any decisions on next steps."
The Special Federal Representative's final report provides 29 recommendations and outlines four key themes to help increase the participation of Aboriginal Peoples in West Coast energy development. Relationships built on trust and mutual respect are tremendously important as we work to seize this wonderful opportunity for resource development.
"The themes of the Eyford report - trust, inclusion, reconciliation and action - can guide all parties in building further the relationships that will underpin responsible resource development and the participation of Aboriginal Peoples," said Minister Oliver. "We will now engage on the report with Aboriginal Peoples, as well as provinces and industry, and identify the most promising avenues for meaningful follow up."
To read the complete report please visit: http://www.nrcan.gc.ca/sites/www.nrcan.gc.ca/files/pdf/publications/ForgPart-Online-e.pdf
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