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Call for Proposals (CFP)

Greetings from the IAMC-TMX Committee!

The 2023-2024 Call for Proposals (CFP) launches today for the 129 Indigenous communities along the TMX route! The Committee has allocated $3.5 million for Indigenous communities to access up to $49,999 in support of TMX related projects. Tribal Councils or non-profit organizations are also eligible to receive funding if they are applying on behalf of one of the potentially impacted Indigenous communities. Applications can be submitted within the four priority areas:

1) Emergency Management

2) Indigenous Monitoring

3) Marine Shipping

4) Socio-Economic Effects

Each stream has three eligible project activities: planning; equipment purchases; skills and training. Based on advice we have received from Elders; we have weaved youth as a component to this year’s CFP application!

Interested Indigenous communities and organizations are encouraged to apply. We can accept one proposal per community on a first come, first serve basis. The application deadline is May 20, 2023. Applications will be approved on an ongoing basis until all available funds are used, whichever is first.

What to expect

  • Once applications are submitted, they will be reviewed for completeness.
  • A member of the IAMC-TMX will reach out with any outstanding questions
  • Once an application is complete the appropriate subcommittee will review and endorse the application.
  • Conditional approval is sent via email. The eligible expenditure period occurs from the conditional approval date (via email) to March 31, 2024
  • A 100% advance with a 10% holdback will be provided following a fully signed contribution agreement (i.e. community and NRCan)
  • One claim and one final report are due by May 31, 2024.

If there are questions or assistance is required with the application process, please contact the tmxcommittee-comitetmx@nrcan-rncan.gc.ca.

Sincerely
IAMC-TMX Committee

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July 12th, 2023                                                                          

Statement from the Indigenous Advisory and Monitoring Committee of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project (IAMC-TMX)

Re: Canada’s Action Plan for Implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

The Indigenous Monitoring and Advisory Committee of the Trans Mountain Expansion Pipeline (IAMC-TMX) was one of 2200 Indigenous groups across Canada to inform on an Action Plan for the Government of Canada to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (The Declaration).

The Action Plan, released on June 21, 2023, is a comprehensive blueprint of legislative and regulatory changes needed for Canada to align all its current laws with the 46 Articles of The Declaration.  Canada adopted The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (UNDA) into law on June 21, 2021, with a two-year deadline to develop the Action Plan.

The IAMC-TMXs submission is unique in that it was co-developed in partnership with a federal regulator.  The Canada Energy Regulator (CER) is the regulatory body that oversees major energy projects in Canada, in particular, inter-provincial pipelines that traverse multiple jurisdictions and Indigenous territories, such as the Trans Mountain Expansion Project, among others. 

The IAMC-TMX/CER submission was adopted as Measure 34 of the Action Plan and contains ground-breaking recommendations for how to advance the rights of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.  It specifically notes that implementing The Declaration could pave the way for Indigenous communities, governments and organizations to hold regulatory decision-making authority at the federal level and exercise specific powers, duties and functions in respect of all projects regulated under the Canadian Energy Regulator Act.

“Measure 34 is tied to the CER and the CER Act in terms of how we will work towards regulatory authority,” says Ray Cardinal, Co-Chair of the IAMC-TMX and Chair of its Indigenous Caucus which consists of elected representatives from across the 129 Indigenous and Métis communities impacted by the construction of the pipeline.

“The CER came up with general language and the Indigenous Caucus pushed on a number of points creating this Measure which will support an Indigenous regulatory authority,” explains Cardinal.

The IAMC-TMX formed in 2017 as one of several accommodation measures put in place during the approval process of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project.  The IAMC-TMX has worked with the CER since then to develop its flagship Indigenous Monitoring program. In tandem with the CER’s Inspection Officers, Indigenous Monitors have been actively monitoring the construction of the pipeline and have conducted over 200 inspections since 2017. 

“The regulatory world is evolving to incorporate the Declaration, and I am hopeful other federal and provincial regulatory bodies have the courage to engage and embrace change that respects our rights and world views,” adds Stó:lō Tribal Chief Tyrone McNeil, chair of the CER’s Indigenous Advisory Committee and a key advisor to the IAMC-TMX.

Natural Resources Canada is the national department that oversees the CER and was a key partner and collaborator on drafting the Measure. The Action Plan is widely recognized as a key step towards advancing reconciliation, and protecting, promoting and upholding the human rights of Indigenous Peoples in Canada.

“The implementation of UNDA is a transformative, whole-of-government process,” explains Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson. “The work between IAMC-TMX, the CER and NRCan shows how Indigenous organizations, partners and government agencies can work to advance common goals and shared priorities. This co-developed contribution to the Action Plan shows how we can walk the path of reconciliation in everything that we do, to continue to build a more equitable, sustainable, and prosperous Canada.”

While the Action Plan is a promising step, Cardinal notes “the CER work is only one part of the work that needs to happen.  Our hope is that this will open the door to work differently with all other federal departments and at the provincial level. The Action Plan at this stage is just words on a page until it is truly implemented and put into practice.”

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Media Contacts:

Ray Cardinal
Chair of the Indigenous Caucus of the IAMC-TMX
raymond.cardinal@gmail.com
1-587-590-6081

Dean Cherkas
Director of the Indigenous Caucus of the IAMC-TMX
caucusdirector@iamc-tmx.com
1-403-652-9798

To find out more about the IAMC-TMX:
https://www.iamc-tmx.com/

To find out more about the CER Act:
https://www.cer-rec.gc.ca/en/about/acts-regulations/