The Major Projects Management Team (MPMT) was developed in recognition of the need for a team of people with technical knowledge to handle a large amount of data and information that relates to large and complex projects which go beyond the engagement-consultation outlined in the S’ólh Téméxw Stewardship Alliance Strategic Engagement Agreement (SSEA).
The major projects vary in scope and size, require significant resources and technical expertise in order to review information and determine potential impacts. The MPMT, currently consisting of Keri Ardell, Amber Kostuchenko, Matt McGinity, Dave Schaepe, and Shana Roberts bring a variety of technical expertise including environmental assessment, government-to-government relationships, process and procedure, archaeology and heritage, and more. The MPMT reviews major projects and potential impacts to ensure the incorporation of Stó:lō World View and Stó:lō Rights and Title through coordination with knowledge holders, and ensures that First Nation-based decision-makers have appropriate information in order to make decisions about major projects.
The Trans Mountain Expansion Project (TMEP) is a project of the Trans Mountain Corporation (a Crown-owned corporation), primarily regulated by the Canadian Energy Regulator.
The proposed project includes twining the existing Trans Mountain Pipeline (constructed in 1953), from Alberta through British Columbia, and expanded shipping terminals on Burrard Inlet at Westridge Marine Terminal. The pipeline will carry several oil and gas-related products including diluted bitumen (also known as “dilbit”), for shipping and sale to countries in Asia. First proposed in 2013, the TMEP has twice received Federal approval. The pipeline runs through three-quarters of S’ólh Téméxw and, if constructed, will result in impacts to Stó:lō Rights and Title.