TERRACE, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (Marketwire) -- 03/19/13 -- The Honourable Joe Oliver, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources, today announced the appointment of Douglas Eyford as the Government of Canada's Special Federal Representative on West Coast Energy Infrastructure. Mr. Eyford will engage with Aboriginal communities in British Columbia and Alberta that could benefit from future energy infrastructure development. Minister Oliver made the announcement from the Long House Waap Galts'ap at the Northwest Community College's Terrace Campus.
"The Government of Canada must and will make every effort to ensure that Aboriginal peoples in Canada have the opportunity to share the benefits of energy resource development in the years ahead," said Minister Oliver. "We will work with Aboriginal communities to ensure they have an opportunity to actively participate in developing Canada's energy resources and protecting our environment."
Mr. Eyford appointment reflects three important principles that are helping guide the Government of Canada's plan for Responsible Resource Development:
1. Inclusive prosperity, which involves forging a prosperity that includes all Canadians;2. Environmental prosperity, which emphasizes that Canada's well-being involves both economic and environmental prosperity; and3. Engagement with Aboriginal peoples to facilitate greater participation in West Coast Resource Development. The work of the Special Federal Representative will complement rather than duplicate or substitute for the Crown's duty to consult on individual projects.
As Special Federal Representative, Mr. Eyford will report directly to the Prime Minister. He will present a Preliminary Report to the Prime Minister by June 28, 2013, and will issue a Final Report by November 29, 2013.
"The goal is clear. Douglas Eyford will help identify opportunities to facilitate greater participation by Aboriginal peoples in resource development while at the same time identifying ways in which Aboriginal peoples can play a greater role in strengthening environmental protection," said Minister Oliver. "Our Government believes that, by working together with Aboriginal peoples, provinces and industry, all Canadians can share in the jobs and prosperity that await us if we act now for the good of Canada."
Natural Resources Canada will provide support and advice to the Special Federal Representative in carrying out his mandate.
The following media backgrounder is available at www.nrcan.gc.ca/media:
Special Federal Representative on West Coast Energy Infrastructure
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Office of Canada's Minister of Natural Resources
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