We are learning and adapting our strategies and activities through early and ongoing engagement to refine and improve our practices and provide participation opportunities during projects and operations.
In 2018, we committed to seeking the participation of Indigenous monitors from potentially impacted Indigenous groups and we continue to do so in areas where access is granted by the landowner.
Spotlight: Caribou habitat restoration project
In 2019, Enbridge created the Caribou Habitat Restoration Project for five natural gas transmission projects in northeast British Columbia. The purpose of the project was to efficiently undertake caribou habitat restoration and monitoring conditioned by the Canada Energy Regulator (CER) as well as meet our commitments to Indigenous groups. By combining the work required under the five projects, we were able to look at the bigger picture related to caribou habitat restoration—not just on a project-by-project basis. This helped streamline meetings, team efficiencies and communications, for Enbridge and Indigenous groups. It also created more holistic benefits, beyond those any one individual project would create.
Through engagement, collaboration and partnership with Indigenous groups, the work was planned and executed and will be monitored for decades to come. In addition to supporting restoration on projects, Enbridge has invested more than $800,000 in caribou habitat restoration work led by Indigenous groups since 2015, including contributions to a maternal penning project that seeks to protect cows and calves from predators during the calving season. We have taken a number of learnings from the Caribou Habitat Restoration Project, many of which will contribute to furthering our lifecycle approach and ongoing engagement and collaboration in this region and on caribou habitat restoration into the future.