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November 13, 2020 Ottawa, Ontario Natural Resources Canada
The informed and meaningful participation of Indigenous peoples in oil and gas projects provides important economic opportunities for their communities.
Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable Seamus O’Regan, today announced up to $12 million in funding over two years for the Indigenous Natural Resource Partnerships (INRP) program for Indigenous communities and organizations in British Columbia and Alberta to further increase their participation in economic opportunities related to oil and gas infrastructure development.
This announcement builds on the success of the 2019–20 Indigenous Natural Resource Partnerships program by extending it to support projects that enhance the capacity of Indigenous communities to capitalize on business opportunities, facilitate access for Indigenous communities and organizations to resources, and support community and regional engagement related to oil and gas infrastructure projects.
The response to the initial program was a success: 35 groups received funding for projects ranging from $15,000 to $1.35 million, supporting a range of initiatives responsive to community priorities, including the development of business plans and feasibility studies, training opportunities that facilitated employment, forums on regional interests, and other resources and supports that enhanced Indigenous participation in oil and gas infrastructure development.
Natural Resources Canada is currently accepting applications for the INRP. For details on how to apply to the program and submit a project proposal, eligibility requirements and assessment criteria, visit the INRP website.
“The Indigenous Natural Resource Partnerships program will help Indigenous communities respond to opportunities and create economic benefits.”
Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources
“This funding enables FNMPC to continue our core service delivery to our member First Nations so they have access to the capacity tools and options upon which informed business decisions can be made regarding their participation in major projects.”
Chief Sharleen Gale
Chair of the First Nation Major Projects Coalition
“Pimee Well Servicing LP is proud to have made the capital investments in this project alongside Natural Resources Canada. The Modernization project for Rig 11 enabled our company to secure service work and employ members from our shareholder communities with long-term work opportunities”
Industry Relations/ Business Development, Pimee Well Servicing LP
“The INRP funding has given us the opportunity to build a strategic digital roadmap for our organizations. The transformation from a starting point where our digital systems were knit together on an ad-hoc basis into something truly cohesive and strategic has allowed us position to participate competitively in large energy projects in northern B.C.”
CEO, Chu Cho Environmental
Natural Resources Canada
Office of the Minister of Natural Resources