Canadian Minister of Natural Resources Amarjeet Sohi joined members of the Enoch Cree Nation, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and Kinder Morgan Canada President Ian Anderson for a special land blessing ceremony near Edmonton on Friday .
Work will soon begin at the Enoch Cree Stockpile Site to prepare for storing pipe, fittings, valves and other materials needed to continue construction of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project.
The blessing ceremony marks an important milestone in the ongoing construction of the project, the federal government said in a statement.
“It affirms the local community's support for the project, demonstrates the importance of the partnerships with Indigenous communities and represents another step forward on the path to reconciliation between the Government of Canada and Indigenous peoples.”
Enoch Cree First Nation chief Billy Morin said ”We are proud of the relationship we have built with Trans Mountain and to partner with them on this project. This worksite will allow us to create opportunities for our people and community for many years to come."
The federal government’s $4.5 billion purchase of the the Trans Mountain pipeline and Trans Mountain Expansion Project is expected to close in August.