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Historic agreement is first of
its kind in Canada

Relationship, Engagement
& Consultation Protocol

Statements from leadership

About the Protocol

The Owners agree that purpose of this Protocol is to:

  1. Define the roles and responsibilities of the parties in:
    1. Relationship building;
    2. Consultation and Accommodation; and
    3. Proponent Engagement with the Mi’gmaq First Nations.
  2. Complement the Mi’gmaq/Canada/New Brunswick Interim Consultation Protocol, as amended;
  3. Prescribe the steps for a practical, transparent and respectful approach to adequate and purposeful engagement, and meaningful consultation and accommodation, where appropriate;
  4. Provide guidance to proponents seeking to do business at the Port on their role in these processes;
  5. Implement wise practices from existing protocols/policies related to the Federal Port Authority community and other federal agents with the intention to meet or exceed the standards and processes set out in these documents;
  6. Provide a living document that is subject to a regular review by the parties on an ongoing basis; and
  7. Represent a step in the ongoing process of establishing and maintaining respectful relationships and reconciliation between the parties.

The protocol was signed in April 2017.

The parties involved are

  • the Belledune Port Authority (BPA)
  • Oinpegitoig First Nation (Pabineau);
  • Ugpi’ganjig First Nation (Eel River Bar); and
  • Mi’gmawe’I Tplu’taqnn Inc (Mi’gmawe’I Tplu’taqnn) representing for the purposes of the Protocol eight {8} of its member First Nations: Oinpegitjoig First Nation (Pabineau); Ugpi’ganjig First Nation Eel River Bar); Amlamgog (Fort Folly); Esgenoopetitj; L’nui Menikuk (Indian Island); Natoaganeg (Eel Ground); Metepenagiag Mi’kmaq Nation; Tjipogtotig (Buctouche) (collectively the “Mi’gmaq First Nations”)
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