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Indigenous Caucus of the IAMC-TMX Responds to Trans Mountain Expansion Project Approval


CALGARY, AB, May 1, 2024 – Following the Canada Energy Regulator’s approval of the final pipeline leave to open (LTO) application for the Trans Mountain Expansion Project (TMEP), the Indigenous Caucus of the Indigenous Advisory and Monitoring Committee (IAMC-TMX) calls for heightened environmental vigilance and cooperative action.

The completion of the TMX pipeline marks not an end, but a beginning. The operation phase brings a critical need for ongoing evaluation to fully understand the impacts of this project. Our commitment as the Indigenous Caucus is to ensure that these evaluations are thorough, transparent, and informed by traditional knowledge and scientific data.

“As the TMX pipeline nears completion, it is crucial that we implement rigorous follow-up monitoring to understand the true impacts of the pipeline and ensure that any potential negative effects are swiftly addressed and mitigated,” stated Raymond Cardinal, Indigenous Chair of the IAMC-TMX.

Once the TMX is completed, there will a significant increase in oil tanker traffic in the waters of the Salish Sea, the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the western approach to the Straitwaters—from one tanker per week to seven per week.

“We stand at a pivotal moment where collaboration and diligence are paramount,” said Trina Sxwithul’txw, the Chair of the Marine Shipping Subcommittee of the IAMC-TMX. “Our marine environment, a vital resource for our communities and what makes us whole as a people, demands our focused protection as tanker traffic increases. We call on all parties involved—governmental bodies, industry stakeholders, and the communities affected—to continue to find common ground in safeguarding our shared environment.”

The Indigenous Caucus of the IAMC-TMX will continue to work diligently with federal regulators and all other parties to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements and to uphold the commitments made to the Indigenous communities impacted by the TMX project.


The Indigenous Advisory and Monitoring Committee for the Trans Mountain Expansion (IAMC-TMX) was established following the Prime Minister’s announcement supporting the co-development of a monitoring committee when the TMX project was approved. Comprising representatives from Indigenous communities affected by the pipeline, the Canada Energy Regulator, and other government departments, the IAMC-TMX plays a crucial role in overseeing the safety and

environmental protection of the Trans Mountain Pipeline system. This vital work will continue for the entire life of the pipeline, until it is eventually decommissioned, ensuring ongoing vigilance and responsiveness to environmental and community needs.



On May 05, the IAMC-TMX is observing Red Dress Day, also known as the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls and Two-Spirit People (MMIWG2S). The IAMC-TMX Socioeconomic Subcommittee is collaborating with Natural Resources Canada, the lead department for UNDA Action Plan Measure 12, to better understand and respond to the ongoing gendered and racialized violence against Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQIA+ people associated with the resource sector. On this important day, we encourage all Canadians to continue educating themselves about the MMIWG Calls for Justice and support MMIWG events in their local area.


The Indigenous Advisory and Monitoring Committee for Trans Mountain (IAMC-TMX) welcomes Budget 2024's investment in our continued work. We'll continue to work on shared goals of safety and protection of environmental and Indigenous interests regarding lands and water.

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, March 21, recognizes past and present injustices and prejudices founded in racial discrimination, including the ongoing social and economic repercussions for Canada’s Indigenous peoples. The IAMC-TMX Socioeconomic Subcommittee (SESC) is committed to surfacing issues related to racial discrimination, including as this links to Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people, in the context of resource development activities. We show up for this work daily through direct engagement with Indigenous communities, research focused on Indigenous Peoples experience with the Trans Mountain Expansion Project, and our ongoing support to Indigenous communities building strengths in the area of socioeconomic monitoring. https://www.mmiwg-ffada.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Executive_Summary.pdf

This page has an interactive map covering the Trans Mountain Expansion Project. Remember that the IAMC-TMX works on a “Without Prejudice” basis. Participation in the Committee does not indicate that a community supports or opposes the TMX Project www.iamc-tmx.com/faq/other-links-for-project-information/ #EnvironmentalProtection #IndigenousCollaboration #ClimateAction #IndigenousWisdom #SustainableFuture

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