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CEA’s National Principles for Aboriginal Engagement useful guidance for all industry

Published by Marie Morden on July 20, 2016

Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) welcomes the National Principles for Aboriginal Engagement published today by the Canadian Electricity Association (CEA).
 
“CEA’s guidelines set forth a framework for building long-term trust and working relationships with Aboriginal communities that are instructive to all sectors of Canadian industry,” according to CME President & CEO Jayson Myers. “They are also very important to Canadian manufacturers and exporters whose economic competitiveness depends on reliable access to cost competitive electricity.”
 
Between now and 2030, more than $350 billion will need to be invested in upgrading and expanding Canada’s electricity infrastructure. Many of these projects are slated to take place on aboriginal lands. Clearly defined and generally accepted principles for engaging Aboriginal communities in the planning and development of those projects will be critical in ensuring that local community perspectives are taken into account, collaborative economic opportunities are maximized, and project approval processes are inclusive from an early stage.
 
“I want to commend CEA’s Board of Directors as well as the association’s CEO Sergio Marchi for their leadership on this very important initiative,” Myers says.
 
For more information, please see:
 
News Release:
Canadian Electricity Association Adopts National Principles for Aboriginal Engagement: http://powerforthefuture.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/AE-News-Relelase.EN-Final-July20.pdf
 
Principles:
CEA National Principles for Engagement of Aboriginal Peoples: http://www.electricity.ca/media/AE_-_Principles.EN_-Signed.pdf

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