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Northern Gateway Reply and Update

Northern Gateway Reply and Update

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Published by Danielle Webb
The purpose of this Reply and Update is to provide a detailed update for each Aboriginal group with which Northern Gateway is engaged.
The purpose of this Reply and Update is to provide a detailed update for each Aboriginal group with which Northern Gateway is engaged.

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In July 2011, Northern Gateway attended the 25th Annual West Moberly Days, which is an annual
summer festival focused on West Moberly First Nation culture. Northern Gateway attended the event to
gain better insight into West Moberly First Nation culture and practices, with a view to customizing its
approach to consultation with the West Moberly First Nations. Subsequent to the event, Northern
Gateway met with West Moberly First Nations leadership, where the West Moberly First Nations
expressed their strong interest in discussing Project-related economic development opportunities. In
particular, the West Moberly First Nations spoke about a large camp-catering services provider which
they have joint ventured with, and with whom they would like to maximize camp catering services related
opportunities arising from the Project.

In August 2011, Northern Gateway provided a copy of the AOA to the West Moberly First Nations which
was discussed at length at a meeting in September 2011 with Chief and Council. At this meeting, Project
representatives provided a comprehensive Project update, an overview of the signed LOI executed by the
parties setting out a framework for employment, training, and procurement related discussions to occur,
as well as the West Moberly First Nations' potential interest in executing the AOA. Detailed discussions
relating to questions arising from the content of the AOA also took place at the meeting.

In early November 2011, a West Moberly First Nations representative attended the Northern Gateway
Business Summit in Edmonton, Alberta. During the Business Summit, Northern Gateway met with the
West Moberly First Nations Chief and Council to discuss their interest in executing the AOA, as well as
the proposed location of a pump station on West Moberly First Nations lands which would increase
revenue potentially arising to the West Moberly First Nations from the Project.

Attachment 17 to Northern Gateway Reply Evidence

Aboriginal Engagement
Reply & Update
Section 6: Engagement Updates

Page 6-54

July 2012

In April 2012, Northern Gateway met with the West Moberly First Nations Chief and Council to provide
an update on the Project and to discuss the status of West Moberly First Nations' community ratification
process in regards to the AOA. The West Moberly First Nations' community ratification process is
undertaken with respect to all significant agreements considered by the West Moberly First Nations' Chief
and Council, and is a rigorous and time consuming, referendum-like process, aimed at ensuring there is
substantive grass-roots family support to provide the West Moberly First Nations with a mandate to enter
into such agreements. The unfolding of the community ratification process, on its face, is neither an
indication of support or opposition for the contemplated agreement, but rather, adherence to a political
checks-and-balances requirement relating to leadership decision making. At this meeting, the West
Moberly First Nations confirmed that a ratification vote exercise relating to the endorsement of the
execution of the AOA was well underway and that the results from such ratification would soon be
known to the West Moberly First Nations community.

Also, in April 2012, Northern Gateway attended a community meeting with the West Moberly First
Nations membership to provide a comprehensive overview of the Project followed by a detailed
discussion around significant pump station revenue potentially available to the West Moberly First
Nations should they execute the AOA and provide lands for its location in the Tumbler Ridge area of
British Columbia. At the meeting, Northern Gateway also discussed the AOA, its potential income stream
and structure, green energy development opportunities, as well as the likelihood of the West Moberly
First Nations signing the AOA.

In May 2012, Northern Gateway, at the request of the West Moberly First Nations, sent a letter to John
Duncan, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, requesting a timely resolution to the
West Moberly First Nations' TLE negotiations. One of the purposes of this request is to advance the West
Moberly First Nations' TLE selection process for the purpose of assisting the West Moberly First Nation
to benefit from business opportunities arising from TLE chosen lands, including the Tumbler Ridge pump
station revenue opportunity.

In addition to the engagement activities summarized above, Northern Gateway continues to notify the
West Moberly First Nations of updates and supplementary information filed with the JRP relating to the
Project's regulatory application.

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