Indigenous Monitoring Program

Indigenous Monitoring of the Trans Mountain Expansion and Existing Project

As stewards of their lands and waters Indigenous communities share an interest in protecting their territories that may be affected during construction and operation of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project and the existing pipeline.

Communities also want their knowledge and values to be respected and integrated into decisions that affect their rights and interests - and they want to participate in making those decisions.

That is why the Indigenous Advisory and Monitoring Committee for the Trans Mountain Expansion and Existing Project (IAMC-TMX) is implementing an Indigenous Monitoring (IM) Program to provide opportunities for Indigenous communities to participate in verifying Trans Mountain Corporation’s compliance with conditions and regulations.


IM Program Support

Since Fall 2019, the IM Program has supported Indigenous monitors from 17 Indigenous partner communities and organizations across the pipeline route to participate in oversight with federal regulators, including the Canada Energy Regulator, Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Parks Canada.
Indigenous monitors are full participants in on-the-ground compliance verification activities, including:

  • Safety management inspections;
  • Environmental protection inspections;
  • Emergency management exercise audits;
  • Site visits to verify compliance with the Fisheries Act and Species at Risk Act; and
  • Environmental surveillance to verify compliance with the National Parks Act

Monitors work with federal staff to complete inspection reports, which are publicly available.

Indigenous Monitoring Dashboard

Program Objectives:

Provide Indigenous communities an opportunity to participate in monitoring and oversight

Integrate Indigenous knowledge, values, and perspectives into regulatory decision-making;

Enhance the protection of the environment, safety, and Indigenous rights and interests;

Strengthen partnerships between Indigenous communities and federal regulators

Boots on the ground


Days with Indigenous Monitors in the field

Compliance Verification Activities







Summary of recent inspections

Feb 17-21 im-blue im-center


Westridge Marine Terminal
Environmental Inspection
Feb 17-21 im-blue im-center


Segment 2 (Yellowhead)
Environmental inspection
Jan 28 im-blue im-center


Westridge Marine Terminal
Fisheries Act Authorization

Building monitoring capacity


Monitors trained

(by regulators / IAMC)
Monitors trained by Partner
Alexis Nakota Siouxim-yellow2Scw’exmxim-green1
Lac St Anne Metisim-green3Okanaganim-yellow1
Montanaim-green2Seven Generationsim-yellow2
Sucker Creekim-green2Leq’á:melim-yellow2
Simpcwim-yellow3Seabird Islandim-yellow4
Whispering Pinesim-green2Chawathilim-yellow4

Upcoming engagement and meetings

Feb 24-28CER Operations and Maintenance Inspection, Jasper
Mar 9-13CER Safety Inspection, Segment 1 (Greater Edmonton)
Mar 9-13CER Environmental Inspection, Segment 2 (Yellowhead)
Subcommittee Meetings and Engagements
Feb. 26/27IMSC Meeting
Mar TBDAlberta Regional Engagement Session
Mar TBDB.C. Employers Workshops
Mar TBDSpread 5b Regional Engagement Session
Mar TBDJoint TMC – IAMC IM Gathering
Mar 30/31IMSC Meeting
Apr TBDBC Interior Regional Engagement Session