Working with Indigenous Businesses to Restore the Land
Jun. 14, 2019
Since 2014, Shell has revegetated over 60 hectares of land near our natural gas Groundbirch operations in Northeast British Colombia working with Twin Sisters Nursery. Interim reclamation re-establishes some of the land around a well-pad to reduce the surface land disturbance while minimizing soil erosion in that area. This year, Groundbirch will have planted over 200,000 native plugs since we started working with the nursery.
Revegetation and Land Restoration
Twin Sisters Nursery supports the improvement of restoration and reclamation work in Northeastern British Columbia through seed propagation and native plant distribution. The primary focus of their work is on ecological restoration and remediation of impacts on traditional lands from mining and other industrial projects.
Shell enabled the expansion of the existing nursery with a second greenhouse a few years ago, which supports reclamation activities for Shell and others in the area. Over 30 sites across the Groundbirch Asset have had interim reclamation completed since 2015 through Twin Sisters. The growth of their second greenhouse has allowed Groundbirch to reclaim natural landscapes using both local traditional knowledge and native plant species while helping employ community members.
Developing local businesses in collaboration with Treaty 8 communities contributes to the long-term ecological and social health of British Columbia and Shell’s reconciliation journey with Indigenous Peoples.
History of Twin Sisters Nursery
In 2012, Saulteau and West Moberly First Nations started a native plants nursery together at Moberly Lake in British Columbia with support of an industry partner. This nursery and its joint venture owners are key partners for the continued operation and growth of Shell’s Groundbirch asset.
Through income, training and employment opportunities, Twin Sisters provides support to nearby Indigenous communities through its operations. Traditional Indigenous knowledge is shared between Elders and youth on traditional uses for plants and their significance to traditional ways of life.
Commitment to Indigenous Peoples
To learn more about Shell’s Commitment to Indigenous Peoples in Canada, see here: