Reconciliation is a Priority

Pieridae has a rich history of respect for First Nations Peoples, going back a number of years when our CEO Alfred Sorensen was one of the first to engage with the Haisla in British Columbia when he presided over the Kitimat LNG Project. 

He listened to the Haisla, even moved the location of the LNG facility on their advice, all while working to build respect and trust. 

Pieridae has continued that philosophy of respectful engagement with Indigenous Peoples across Canada, including the Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq First Nation and Treaty 7 Nations in Alberta. 

We signed of a benefits agreement in February of 2019 with the 13 Chiefs of the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Chiefs. 

The agreement sets the framework for how the Mi’kmaq will benefit economically from the development, construction and operation of the Goldboro LNG facility.

Mik'maq Benefits Agreement signing
Chief Sidney Peters (left), Chief Terry Paul (centre) and Pieridae Board Chair Myron Tétreault (right) sign the historic Mi’kmaq Benefits Agreement

“We are excited about what this Project means to the Mi’kmaw communities of Nova Scotia and the benefits it will bring to all of Atlantic Canada. A key component of reconciliation in Canada is the ability to have meaningful involvement in projects happening within our territories. We desire responsible development and environmental stewardship that reflect a Mi’kmaq voice and our agreement with Pieridae is an example of how companies can respect our Mi’kmaw Rights and Title, and also provide an opportunity for Mi’kmaq participation in development on our lands.”

Chief PJ Prosper, Regional Chief Nova Scotia and Newfoundland
Chief Tma Francis, Paqtnkek

Building Relationships in Alberta

Equal opportunity and sharing of the resource was the first message delivered to the Stoney Nakoda in the summer of 2019, whose Chief and senior officials met with Pieridae CEO Alfred Sorensen and other company executives just hours after Pieridae announced its acquisition of all of Shell Canada’s Foothills assets, some of which have sat on Stoney traditional territory for decades. 

Pieridae remains committed to actively engaging with the Stoney and other members of the Treaty 7 Nations. Our company has re-positioned the relationship as one of equality in sharing the benefits of the resource. 

We will look at holding annual meetings to discuss this forward-looking approach and also listen to concerns and ideas as we work to grow our business. The Chiefs and First Nations businesses want a chance to participate on a level playing field. 

We agree.