January 18, 2023

Michels Canada formalizes Indigenous agreements 

Michels Canada and Coastal Gas Link logo on equipment.

Michels Canada is proud to join Coastal GasLink in creating economic opportunities for Indigenous people by formalizing agreements with six economic development corporations to further construction of the Coastal GasLink Pipeline Section 6 in northern British Columbia. 

The agreements are with Atsiyan Services LP (Stellat’en First Nation), Kyah Development Corporation, (Witset First Nation), Yinka Dene Economic Development Limited Partnership (Wet’suwet’en First Nation), Natanlii Development Corporation (Skin Tyee Nation), Hunust’ot’en Investment Corporation (Nee Tahi Buhn Band) and Ts’il Kaz Koh Development Corporation (Ts’il Kaz Koh First Nation). 

“We are excited to participate in creating a lasting legacy in the Indigenous communities in which we are operating while constructing Coastal GasLink,” says John Hunt, Michels Canada Project Director. “Our strategic agreements with these six nations is reflective of our core values and desire to advance reconciliation by creating meaningful contracting and employment opportunities and contributing to those communities in an impactful way.” 

Section 6 is a 65-kilometre spread of 48-inch natural gas pipeline running south of the communities of Burns Lake and Houston in B.C.’s Lakes District. The section is part of the Coastal GasLink pipeline project, a 670-kilometre pipeline from Groundbirch, B.C. to Kitimat, B.C. Coastal GasLink and its primes have awarded subcontracts valued at more than $1.5 billion to Indigenous and local businesses. 

“Nearly ten years ago we committed to building a project that would benefit local communities and workers while respecting the environment. This collaboration is another foundational building block in support of this legacy that we are developing hand in hand with Indigenous communities,” said Sonya Kirby, VP of Project Delivery, Coastal GasLink. “Together, we are leading the way in terms of how energy projects are developed in Canada, with meaningful Indigenous involvement.” 

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