GUYSBOROUGH – On Monday, Feb. 4, Pieridae Energy announced that the benefits agreement it had negotiated with the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Chiefs for the Goldboro LNG project has been ratified.
“We are looking forward to collaborating with the Mi’kmaq of Nova Scotia, and their leadership, in realizing for them the benefits of this important project,” said Alfred Sorensen, CEO of Pieridae.
The agreement establishes the framework under which the Mi’kmaq of Nova Scotia will benefit economically from the development, construction and operation of the $10 billion energy project. A Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2013 originally outlined the relationship between Pieridae and the Mi’kmaq in Nova Scotia and this new Benefits Agreement underscores Pieridae’s commitment to ongoing engagement and relationship building with the First Nations communities in Nova Scotia, the company said in a release.
“Nova Scotia is unceded Mi’kmaq territory and the management of our lands and resources is a priority for our Nation,” said Chief Terrance Paul, co-chair for the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Chiefs. “As we look to ensure responsible development and environmental stewardship that reflect a Mi’kmaq voice, it’s important that we can bridge that gap with industry. This 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.”
The Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Chiefs is comprised of all 13 Mi’kmaq Chiefs in Nova Scotia and is the highest level of collective governance for the Mi’kmaq of Nova Scotia.