- The NEB has met with over 40 Aboriginal communities potentially impacted by the Energy East project to explain the NEB’s regulatory process, how to participate in it and provide information on the NEB’s Participant Funding Programme.
- The NEB will hear oral traditional evidence from 30 Aboriginal Intervenors in 2015 across four provinces and six locations, in addition to those participating remotely.
- Energy East is a proposal for a 4600 km pipeline proposed to carry 1.1 million bpd of crude oil from Alberta and Saskatchewan to refineries in eastern Canada.
- Live audio from the oral traditional evidence sessions will be streamed through the NEB website.
The National Energy Board (NEB) will hear oral traditional evidence from Aboriginal intervenors for the Energy East Project between 9 November and 15 December 2015.
The NEB recognises that Aboriginal peoples have an oral tradition for sharing stories, lessons, and knowledge from generation to generation. This information cannot always be shared adequately in writing yet it will make up an important component of the evidence the panel will consider in the assessment of the project.
Early and continued engagement with Aboriginal peoples is a key commitment of the NEB. There are six sessions (plus remote participation sessions) currently scheduled in Canada to gather Aboriginal oral traditional evidence:
- Regina, Saskatchewan. 9 - 10 November 2015.
- Calgary, Alberta. 12 - 13 November 2015.
- Timmins, Ontario. 17 - 19 November 2015.
- Thunder Bay, Ontario. 24 - 26 November 2015.
- Kenora, Ontario. 1 - 2 December 2015.
- Winnipeg, Manitoba. 8 - 9 December 2015.
- Remote participation available. 10 - 15 December 2015.
Due to the unique nature of oral traditional evidence, it can be held independently of other hearing process steps. Aboriginal intervenors who are not currently scheduled will have an opportunity in 2016 to provide their oral traditional evidence. Regardless of when an Aboriginal intervenor provides their traditional evidence they are able to fully participate in all other areas of the review process.