November 13, 2020                                           Ottawa, Ontario                         Natural Resources Canada       

           

The informed and meaningful participation of Indigenous peoples in oil and gas projects provides important economic opportunities for their communities.

Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable Seamus O’Regan, today announced up to $12 million in funding over two years for the Indigenous Natural Resource Partnerships (INRP) program for Indigenous communities and organizations in British Columbia and Alberta to further increase their participation in economic opportunities related to oil and gas infrastructure development.

This announcement builds on the success of the 2019–20 Indigenous Natural Resource Partnerships program by extending it to support projects that enhance the capacity of Indigenous communities to capitalize on business opportunities, facilitate access for Indigenous communities and organizations to resources, and support community and regional engagement related to oil and gas infrastructure projects.

The response to the initial program was a success: 35 groups received funding for projects ranging from $15,000 to $1.35 million, supporting a range of initiatives responsive to community priorities, including the development of business plans and feasibility studies, training opportunities that facilitated employment, forums on regional interests, and other resources and supports that enhanced Indigenous participation in oil and gas infrastructure development.

Natural Resources Canada is currently accepting applications for the INRP. For details on how to apply to the program and submit a project proposal, eligibility requirements and assessment criteria, visit the INRP website.

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