Alton Natural Gas Storage is committed to building long-term, mutually beneficial working relationships with Aboriginal communities while recognizing and respecting individual values and traditions. Since 2006 we have been developing relationships on a foundation of respect for the languages, customs, and political, social and cultural institutions of Aboriginal peoples. To view an example about Alton’s engagement with the Mi’kmaq in Nova Scotia, see the Kwilmu'kw Maw-klusqaqn January 2016 Newsletter.
Alton Natural Gas Storage sees good value in participation of the Mi’kmaq of NS in environmental monitoring of the project and engagement on project benefits. The company continues to remain proactive and open in inviting Mi’kmaq leaders to have more dialogue with the company in these areas. See an example of our ongoing dialogue with Sipekne’katik regarding Alton and potential benefits from the project for that community.
Mi’kmaq Ecological Knowledge Study
As part of our work to research the Shubenacadie River and surrounding areas, a Mi'kmaq Ecological Study was conducted for Alton. A 2012 update to the study built on the original findings from 2007.
Alton supported a third-party review of the science behind the project. The company that conducted the review was retained by the Kwilmu’kw Maw-klusuaqn Negotiation Office (KMKNO) on behalf of the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Chiefs in the negotiations and consultations among the Mi'kmaq of Nova Scotia, the Province of Nova Scotia and the Government of Canada about Alton. The review focused on assessing potential impacts of the proposed project on fish and fish habitat of the Shubenacadie Estuary.
Alton’s response to the review is an outcome of discussions of a multiparty working group that met through the fall of 2015. The working group included representation from Alton, the Mi’kmaq of Nova Scotia, and federal and provincial governments.
Studying the Shubenacadie River
Alton is providing funding to IKANAWTIKET Environmental Incorporated to help support a two year study that is currently underway on the Shubenacadie River system. IKANAWTIKET is an Aboriginal environmental educational charity.
Fish fact sheets
Years of research on the Shubenacadie River have been summarized in new fish fact sheets developed by Dalhousie University with input from Alton consultants and reviewed by a multi-party working group including federal and provincial departments and representatives of the Mi’kmaq of Nova Scotia.