First Nation Friday – Indigenous blessing for Trans Mountain construction

Premier Rachel Notley joined Enoch Cree Nation Chief, the federal government and Trans Mountain officials for a special blessing ceremony near the site that will store pipe needed to build the Trans Mountain Expansion Project.

July 27, 2018 (EnergySpotlight) –

The site, just west of Edmonton, will be one of the four staging areas in Alberta that will receive and store materials needed to build 980 km of new pipeline.

“Today’s blessing is an important step forward in the construction of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project. It demonstrates just how integral our Indigenous communities are to the success of this pipeline and Alberta and Canada’s economic future. With this blessing, construction for the Enoch Cree Stockpile Site can begin and we move that much closer to getting this pipeline built.”

Premier Rachel Notley
The Trans Mountain Expansion Project is estimated to generate billions of dollars in economic activity and government revenue in Alberta.The Enoch stockpile site will also help spur investment in the region as improvements to the site will help to kick-off the Enoch Cree Nation’s industrial subdivision – according to the statement. 

“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.”

Amarjeet Sohi, federal minister of Natural Resources, Government of Canada

Enoch Cree Nation Chief gives blessing

Chief Bill Morin was on hand to share his words. 

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

Chief Bill Morin, Enoch Cree Nation

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