First Nation Communities and Enbridge Landmark Equity Partnership.

January 2023.  

In 4th quarter of 2022 Enbridge Inc.  announced that Enbridge (TSX: ENB) (NYSE: ENB)  23 First Nation and Métis communities have an agreement whereby the communities will acquire, collectively, an 11.57% non-operating interest in seven Enbridge-operated pipelines in the Athabasca region of northern Alberta for $1.12 billion.

A newly created entity, Athabasca Indigenous Investments (Aii), will steward this investment, which represents the largest energy-related Indigenous economic partnership transaction in North America to date.

"We are very pleased to be joining our Indigenous partners in this landmark collaboration," said Al Monaco, President and Chief Executive Officer of Enbridge. "We believe this partnership exemplifies how Enbridge and Indigenous communities can work together, not only in stewarding the environment, but also in owning and operating critical energy infrastructure. We are looking forward to working with the Aii and deepening our relationship well into the future. This also fully aligns with our priority to recycle capital at attractive valuations, which can be used to fund numerous growth opportunities within our conventional and low carbon platforms."

This investment by Aii also fits well with commitments Enbridge made in its recently released Indigenous Reconciliation Action Plan (IRAP), building on a growing track record of engagement with Indigenous communities and employees. The IRAP incorporates advice into facility siting, environmental and cultural monitoring, employment, training and procurement opportunities and, most recently, financial partnerships such as the proposed Wabamun Carbon Hub.

Pipelines included in the transaction are the Athabasca, Wood Buffalo/Athabasca Twin and associated tanks; Norlite Diluent; Waupisoo; Wood Buffalo; Woodland; and the Woodland extension. These assets are underpinned by long-life resources and long-term contracts, which provide highly predictable cash flows.

"On behalf of the Indigenous partners, we are proud to become equity owners in these high-quality assets which contribute to North American energy supply and security," said Justin Bourque, President of Athabasca Indigenous Investments. "Our partner logo theme – Seven Pipelines, Seven Generations – speaks to the long-term value potential of these assets, which will help enhance quality of life in our communities for many years to come."

Athabasca Indigenous Investments

"This is a truly historic day for our communities in the Athabasca region," added Chief Greg Desjarlais of Frog Lake First Nation. "In addition to an opportunity to generate wealth for our people, this investment supports economic sovereignty for our communities. We look forward to working with a leading energy company like Enbridge, which shares Indigenous values of water, land and environmental stewardship."

"To be involved in an Indigenous partnership that will bring ongoing benefits to our communities is very important to the Métis people of Alberta," says Stan Delorme, Chairperson, Buffalo Lake Métis Settlement. "Today's announcement marks a next step in our relationship with Enbridge and our neighbors in the Athabasca region."

Closing of the transaction is expected to occur within the next month. The Alberta Indigenous Opportunities Corporation supported the transaction by providing Aii a $250 million equity loan guarantee. 

BMO Capital Markets acted as financial advisor to Enbridge and Torys LLP as legal counsel. RBC Capital Markets acted as financial advisor to Athabasca Indigenous Investments and Boughton Law as legal counsel.


About Athabasca Indigenous Investments

Athabasca Indigenous Investments is a newly created limited partnership of 23 diverse Treaty 6 and Treaty 8 First Nations and Métis communities located in northern Alberta, that will steward the communities' investment in seven Enbridge-operated pipelines. Participating communities include:  

Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation      

Fishing Lake Métis Settlement 

Kikino Métis Settlement

Beaver Lake Cree Nation 

Frog Lake First Nation 

McMurray Métis Local 1935

Buffalo Lake Métis Settlement 

Fort Chipewyan Métis Local 125      

Mikisew Cree First Nation

Chard Métis Nation   

Fort McKay First Nation 

Onion Lake Cree Nation

Chipewyan Prairie First Nation 

Fort McKay Métis Nation 

Saddle Lake Cree Nation

Conklin Métis Local 193   

Fort McMurray 468 First Nation 

Willow Lake Métis Nation

Cold Lake First Nations 

Heart Lake First Nation 

Whitefish Lake First Nation (Goodfish)

Elizabeth Métis Settlement 

Kehewin Cree Nation    


About Alberta Indigenous Opportunities Corporation 
AIOC is a provincial Crown Corporation, established under legislation in November 2019, which exists to serve as a catalyst for Indigenous prosperity and independence through investment and involvement in Alberta’s natural resources, agriculture, transportation, and telecommunications sectors. 

Enbridge is headquartered in Calgary, Alta., Enbridge's common shares trade under the symbol ENB on the Toronto (TSX) and New York (NYSE) stock exchanges.