Subcommittees

The Indigenous Advisory and Monitoring Committee (IAMC) forms and oversees subcommittees to work on specific issues or regional concerns. The subcommittees undertake work that requires more expertise or focus on a particular issue. These include Indigenous Monitoring, Marine Shipping, Socioeconomic and Engagement Subcommittee.

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Indigenous Monitoring

The Indigenous Monitoring Subcommittee’s goal is to ensure Indigenous knowledge, values and perspectives are included in the monitoring, regulation, compliance verification and performance of the proposed TMX Project and existing pipeline. The Committee identified support for Indigenous monitoring and “getting boots on the ground” as an early and ongoing priority in its first year.

A groundbreaking Indigenous monitoring pilot program was developed by the Committee and the National Energy Board (NEB). This pilot established a framework for Committee monitoring and is informing a program to be implemented throughout the trans mountain pipeline corridor.

For more information, please refer to the IAMC Interim Report.

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Marine Shipping

The Marine Shipping Subcommittee focuses on the key concerns around marine shipping and related traffic, anchorage and operational spills. This Subcommittee engages with Indigenous communities and marine-based organizations to: explore and develop an Indigenous marine stewardship program; provide advice on Indigenous inclusion in spill response; and enhance Indigenous capacity in emergency prevention, preparedness and response.

A key priority for the Subcommittee is to identify opportunities that support Indigenous communities’ ability to protect their rights and interests relating to these potential impacts. It is important to learn from previous incidents, highlighting to regulators where key issues are not being addressed and working with them to seek solutions. This involves gathering information and improving relationships with marine-based organizations by attending several marine-related activities, training exercises, workshops and conferences.

For more information, please refer to the IAMC Interim Report.

Socioeconomic

The work of the Socioeconomic Subcommittee is focused in two areas: Mitigating the negative impacts of the five work camps associated with the expansion project in communities, and specifically reducing the potential for harm to Indigenous women and girls; and monitoring the economic participation of Indigenous peoples (procurement, employment, training, etc.) in the project and supporting the capacity of Indigenous communities to participate in these economic opportunities.

Two working groups have been established to address these issues. These are the Work Camps Working Group and Economic Development Working Group:

  • The Work Camps Working Group engaged a prominent research company, the Firelight Group, which previously worked with BC First Nations to produce a comprehensive report: Indigenous Communities and Industrial Camps: Promoting Healthy Communities in Settings of Industrial Change. The insights gained from Firelight’s research will help the Committee work with relevant authorities to improve oversight of work camps along the pipeline corridor.
  • The Economic Development Working Group monitors Trans Mountain’s compliance with the pipeline approval conditions as set by the NEB. These conditions require Trans Mountain to provide skills training to Indigenous communities and local and regional groups, and to provide communities and groups with employment and business opportunities should the expansion project go forward.

For more information, please refer to the IAMC Interim Report.

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Engagement

Engagement with communities is essential to all of our work at the IAMC. Members of the Engagement Subcommittee work with community members and government representatives to find shared priorities and understanding. They are committed to the integration of Indigenous knowledge, values and perspectives into the monitoring, regulation and performance of the existing Trans Mountain pipeline and proposed expansion.

To support this priority, the Engagement Subcommittee holds engagement events to promote an understanding of the IAMC’s mandate and learn about the questions and concerns Indigenous communities have regarding Trans Mountain activities. An Engagement Coordinator pilot project was established to build upon and enhance the critically important relationship between the Committee and Indigenous communities.  A key function of the EC is to provide information to communities about IAMC initiatives, such as capacity funding. They will also ensure that communities’ concerns are brought to the attention of IAMC members; whether it’s related to social, economic or administrative issues, spill response or emergency preparedness, the IAMC members want to learn about these concerns.

For more information, please refer to the IAMC Interim Report.