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Consulting First Nations that may be affected by the Energy East Pipeline Project

by IC Magazine

With the new battle emerging over yet another controversial tarsands project–Transcanada’s proposed conversion and expansion of the Energy East pipeline–we here at IC Magazine would like to note the importance of non-indigenous activists, networks and organizations allying themselves with any First Nations that may be affected by the pipeline project.


As primary stakeholders whose rights and cultures are inextricably linked to the land, First Nations must play a central role in any organizing and gathering that takes place throughout the effort to stop the project.

All non-indigenous actors, whether paid or volunteer, can adopt the principle of Do No Harm by engaging in a process of consultation with indigenous stakeholders. This is to avoid the actions of the former having a negative impact on the rights of the latter.

Non-indigenous actors can take this even further by obtaining the Free, Prior and Informed Consent of their indigenous neighbors.

We can simply say that it is the right thing to do; but the truth is, their is a moral imperative at play since it puts into practice the very principle that Transcanada studiously avoids so they can get their way.

For your information, here is a list of First Nations that may be affected by the pipeline project, courtesy of the Council of Canadians:


Piapot First Nation

Muskowpetung First Nation

Pasqua First Nation #79

Carry the Kettle First Nation

Sakimay First Nations

Cowessess First Nation

Kahkewistahaw First Nation

Ochapowace First Nation

Ocean Man First Nation

Pheasant Rump Nakota First Nation

White Bear First Nations


Birdtail Sioux First Nation

Canupawakpa Dakota First Nation

Sioux Valley Dakota First Nation

Dakota Plains First Nation

Long Plain First Nation

Dakoto Tipi First Nation


Shoal Lake #40 First Nation

Iskatewizaagegan #39 Independent First Nation

Obashkaandagaang First Nation

Anishinabe of Wauzhushk Onigum First Nation

Eagle Lake First Nation

Wabigoon Lake Ojibway Nation

Lac des Mille Lacs First Nation

Fort William First Nation

Red Rock Indian Band

Biinjitiwaabik Zaaging Anishinaabek First Nation

Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek First Nation

Animbiigoo Zaagi’igan Anishinaabek First Nation

Long Lake No.58 First Nation

Ginoogaming First Nation

Constance Lake First Nation

Taykwa Tagamou Nation

Wahgoshig First Nation

Matachewan First Nation

Temagami First Nation

Nipissing First Nation

Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation


Timiskaming First Nation

Mohawks of Akwesasne First Nation

Mohawks of Kanesatake First Nation

Mohawks of Kahnawá:ke First Nation

Première Nation Odanak

Première Nation des Abénakis de Wôlinak

Nation Huronne Wendat

Première Nation Malecite de Viger

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Madawaska Maliseet First Nation

Tobique First Nation

Kingsclear First Nation

Saint Mary’s First Nation

Oromocto First Nation

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