Enbridge Subsidiary Builds New Relationship with Mohawk Council

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Enbridge Subsidiary Builds New Relationship with Mohawk Council

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013 - 3:00pm

CAMPAIGN: Community Investment at Enbridge

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When, on January 20, 2012, the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne (MCA) held an official ceremony to recognize a $1 million payment from Niagara Gas Transmission Ltd. (NGTL), its members opened the meeting with the traditional Mohawk Thanksgiving Address, Ohenton Karithwatehkwen. The address, which is translated as, "The Words That Come Before All Else,” is a prayer of union with the universe. It pays tribute to the plants and animals, the natural elements, the four directions, the four seasons and everything that exists.

Traditionally spoken at the beginning of important meetings, the address set a positive tone for the speeches that were delivered shortly after by local Mohawk leaders and NGTL representatives, all of whom acknowledged the trusting relationship that now exists between the Akwesasne community and NGTL, an Enbridge subsidiary.

As tokens of the mutual sentiment, MCA members presented NGTL representatives with sweet grass baskets that could carry the good words expressed at the event.  NGTL representatives, in turn, gave MCA members three culturally-significant maple trees to represent the past, present and future of the relationship. As a sign of their appreciation, the NGTL representatives also committed to returning to the island in the spring to plant the trees.

The trusting relationship that the two groups have built is, in fact, the basis for the cooperation and land use agreement that they both signed. Under the agreement, NGTL has paid a one-time infrastructure-related fee of $1 million to the MCA, and will pay annual payments of about $100,000 for the next 20 years, for the use of Akwesasne land for an NGTL pipeline. The agreement also provides for ongoing communication and cooperation protocols regarding NGTL activities in the Akwesasne community, situated in eastern Ontario, near the Canada-U.S. border.

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Keywords: Social Impact & Volunteering | Community Investment | Environment | Mohawks of Akwesasne | Niagara Gas Transmission Ltd. | Social Impact & Volunteering | aboriginal relations | economic benefits

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