The Asistiy Community partnership was born out of Willow Lake Métis Nation’s (WLMN) participation in a transformative partnership alongside Suncor and seven other Indigenous communities in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB). This historic collaboration entails the acquisition of TC Energy’s equity interest in the Northern Courier Pipeline, with WLMN and its partners collectively owning 15% of the pipeline.
Suncor, exercising its option to purchase TC Energy’s remaining equity interest, will operate the pipeline assets, with Astisiy Limited Partnership formed to oversee the venture. The partnership, consisting of three First Nations and five Métis communities, will benefit from long-term, stable revenues generated through competitive tolls from transportation and terminalling services agreements.
The Astisiy Limited Partnership comprises WLMN, Suncor, Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, Chipewyan Prairie First Nation, Conklin Métis Local 193, Fort Chipewyan Métis Local #125, Fort McKay Métis Nation, McMurray Métis, and Fort McMurray #468 First Nation.
Willow Lake Métis Nation CEO, Justin Bourque, expressed excitement about the partnership, emphasizing its potential to build long-term prosperity for Indigenous communities in the Wood Buffalo Region. Bourque underscored WLMN’s commitment to bold decision-making and innovative approaches to secure a better future for its members and families.
The Northern Courier Pipeline, located in the RMWB, connects the Fort Hills asset to the East Tank Farm (ETF), facilitating the transportation of heated or diluted bitumen and condensate, diesel, or crude. The asset includes pipelines spanning 90 kilometers, along with tank terminals supporting its operations.
Bourque highlighted the significance of partnering with Suncor on such a monumental project, exemplifying a new paradigm of collaboration between Indigenous communities and industry in the region. This partnership not only benefits communities economically but also presents generational opportunities for its members, symbolizing a landmark moment in sustainable development and prosperity for the region.
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