CONDUCT CULTURAL ASSESSMENT OF LIGHTNING ROCK SITE
At least three months before building the pipeline section between the Sumas Terminal and the Sumas Pump Station, Trans Mountain will conduct archaeological investigations into the pipeline’s potential impacts on the sacred aboriginal Lightning Rock site in Sumas. The site, and its attendant rock formation, is an important cultural site for the Sumas First Nation, and is believed to be the site of aboriginal mass graves dating back to 1782, when a small pox epidemic decimated the Sumas population. Trans Mountain must file a report to the NEB on its field studies of the site, estimating the potential environmental and socio-economic impacts of project construction and operations on the site’s archaeological resources and cultural heritage. Trans Mountain must incorporate all consultations and recommendations of the local Stó:loō people, including the Sumas First Nation, in its findings.