Dianne St. Jean
A groundbreaking and blessing ceremony took place at the Enoch Cree Stockpile Site on July 27 for the Trans Mountain Expansion Project.
A groundbreaking and blessing ceremony took place at the Enoch Cree Stockpile Site on July 27 for the Trans Mountain Expansion Project.
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As an example of just how differently First Nations in western Canada are responding to the Trans Mountain Expansion Project, while protesters were refusing to evacuate a protest camp in Burnaby, BC, the Enoch Cree First Nation in Alberta was celebrating the pipeline construction with an official blessing ceremony that took place on July 27.

Kinder Morgan Canada President Ian Anderson was welcomed by Enoch Cree Nation Chief Billy Morin at the ceremony. Also in attendance were Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi, who stated, “Canada is a place where the environment and the economy go hand in hand, and where projects that are in the national interest get built. The blessing received today is an important milestone in the ongoing construction of this project.”

Signs across from the Best Western Inn & Suites on Highway 5 south of Valemount where construction of a workers accommodation camp will soon begin.
Signs across from the Best Western Inn & Suites on Highway 5 south of Valemount where construction of a workers accommodation camp will soon begin.
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The ceremony took place on the proposed Enoch Cree Stockpile Site.

Morin says that their Nation plans on using the site improvements to kick-off their industrial subdivision.

“We are proud of the relationship we have built with Trans Mountain and to partner with them on this project,” he said, adding, “This worksite will allow us to create opportunities for our people and community for many years to come.”

Trans Mountain will use the site to store construction materials and equipment that includes pipe, fittings, valves, bends and other materials.

As for our side of the border here in BC, construction is set to begin in the North Thompson region in late September.