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Utility Corridor – Uniting Canadians



The NeeStaNan Utility Corridor Project will be led by First Nations. Prairie commodities such as potash, natural gas, wheat, and bitumen are landlocked in Western Canada. Current methods of transporting these resources are costly and inefficient, involving transporting resources via rail or pipelines to the west through the Rocky Mountains to reach international markets..


The NeeStaNan Utility Corridor will provide rail transportation for Potash to be shipped out of Port Nelson, Manitoba. Currently, potash is being railed to Port Moody, Vancouver. This is a longer more difficult route with mountains and a crowded port to contend with. NeeStaNan Utility Corridor will create opportunities by reducing rail by over “630 km” and shipping route by “3800 km”.

The NeestaNan Corridor would reduce the distance by over 4400 km - making it over 30% shorter.

New railway capacity
Connecting Canada’s agricultural products and minerals to international markets.

New international trade routes for Canada’s commodities.

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Led by First Nations

The proposed NeeStaNan Utility Corridor will be designed to deliver economic, environmental and social benefits to First Nations’ communities and Canada by diversifying how we transport natural resources to national and international markets, safely and responsibly.

Economic Prosperity

The new additional Rail lines and seaport infrastructure provided by the project would deliver new growth opportunities across Canada’s natural resource sector agriculture and mining industries.


Nee Sta Nan aims to exceed environmental standards throughout its operations. Our plan would reduce nearly 30% of greenhouse gas emissions currently been produced by both Rail & Shipping. Phase 2 of the project .by increasing the use of hydroelectric power in western provinces and shaving thousands of kilometres off existing international oil shipping routes.

First Nations Benefits

  • First Nations in all decision making
  • Ownership income, plus profits from existing hydro power ownership
  • Expanded tax base for First Nations’ economic self-sufficiency and control of destiny
  • Focused on maximizing job creation for First Nations before, during and after construction
  • Industry spin offs in communities, including revenues to improve housing, social services and the local economy
  • As owners, First Nations would drive environmental goals, maximizing the project’s sustainability

Discover the Nee Sta Nan Project

A Fort McKay First Nations’ member provides an overview of the project as well as his perspectives on the economic, environmental and social transformation the utility corridor can bring to First Nations and Canadians.

The Route

NeeStaNan’s proposed Port Nelson, Manitoba shipping routing helps to shave thousands of kilometres from existing trade routes, generating more revenues, reducing GHG emissions and bringing more responsibly produced Canadian natural resources to Canadians and world markets. Port Nelson is 630 kilometres closer by rail to tidewater than ports on the west coast, and, 3800 km closer to market by ship (example is to Brazil market for Saskatchewan Potash). In summary, the NeeStaNan corridor can save time and cost and shave 3,500 to 5,500 kilometres from existing transportation routes to Europe, the US Gulf Coast and South America.

“No matter your walk of life everybody wants to provide for their family. This is what these projects do. However, you’ve got to be going in with a willing mind, not only to protect your rights and title, but also to build a future for the next generation.” - Ellis Ross, Former Chief Councillor of Haisla Nation MLA, Skeena BC

Port Nelson – Canada’s Prairie Port

Port Nelson would be the shipping gateway of the NeeStaNan project, providing Canadian exporters with new, shorter routes to bring their products to new Canadian and world markets. “Canada is a global leader in clean electricity generation, but it will need to do much more to achieve its future affordably and reliably. A more integrated grid will be a key tool in accomplishing this feat.” - Nick Martin, policy analyst and author

Why Now?


Canada's goods exports rose significantly in June, up 8.7%

"The rail line is a lifeline for those communities, quite frankly, and what is keeping that open is exports. So the conversation with respect to the potential of shipping some of our energy products out of a northern or an Arctic port is a fair conversation for us to have,"
Premier Scott Moe said in Regina

Current shipping routes are long and complex

“I say, the Creator created all things for a purpose. It’s not in the use of them, it’s in the abuse where things go wrong. I say we can develop our resources as long as we’re cognizant of the fact we need to put back. For every dollar you spend on development you can spend a dollar on the environment. Both will have their returns.” - Robert Wavey, Former Chief & CEO, Fox Lake Cree Nation, Former Deputy Minister, Manitoba

Market access for their valuable resources?

This will allow us to achieve something that is unprecedented – reducing our national GHG emissions while driving economic prosperity through resource development.

Did you know?

  • Canada is world largest exporter of Potash and minerals in general are important Most are produced on the Prairies or Ontario and Port Nelson would be a good export point.
  • What is potash? Potash is a potassium-rich salt that is mined from underground deposits formed from evaporated sea beds millions of years ago.
  • Potassium is an essential element for all plants, animals and human life.
  • The term potash refers to a group of potassium (k) bearing minerals and chemicals.
  • The compound Potassium Chloride (KCI) is dominating force in the world potash market.
  • Currently one of the routes for Potash is from Port Moody to Brazil.
  • Saskatchewan is the largest producer in the world with approximately 30% of the total potash
    production. Saskatchewan has almost half of the global potash reserves.
  • Brazil is a major importer of potash and has doubled since 2004 to approximately 11 M tons.

First Nations are the Key

The proposed Utility Corridor route goes through many traditional First Nations territories. Instead of seeing this as a barrier, we see this as an opportunity.

What are the problems facing First Nations today?

  • Over reliance on Government dollars.
  • Lack of economic opportunities.
  • Mistrust of colonial powers.
  • Not enough of a voice to influence decisions on resource projects.

These issues lead to high suicide rates, infant mortality, imprisonment and addiction on reserves.

More Facts

  • 61% of Indigenous young adults (20-24) have not completed high school compared with 13% of non-Indigenous Canadians.
  • The suicide rate among self-identifying Indigenous people (14.7 deaths per 100,000 person-years at risk) was approximately twice as high as the rate among non-Indigenous people.
  • Although Indigenous children accounted for 7.7% of all children aged 0 to 4, they accounted for more than one-half (51.2%) of all foster children in this age group.
  • Indigenous people living on-reserve have the lowest labour force participation rate (52%).
  • There is nothing more important than clean water, especially now during the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet at any given time there are more than 100 drinking water advisories in First Nations across Canada. The lack of clean, safe drinking water in First Nations is one of the greatest violations of the UN-recognized human rights to water and sanitation.
  • The Canada Utility Project brings additional profits and taxes that will make bands self-sustaining. Additional monies for the First Nations Reserves can be used for social change.
  • Aboriginal people in Canada are either not being connected to available job opportunities or lack the support systems, education or required training to actively participate in the resource economy. When First Nations people are not working, it represents much more than a missed opportunity; it reduces self-reliance and increases social spending. NeeStaNan is putting a huge focus on training and employment support to give long term career opportunities to First Nations.

New Partnerships

With First Nations’ ownership and control, there will be significant opportunities for those living along the corridor route and beyond. As owners, we as First Nations would drive our own environmental goals, maximizing the project’s sustainability while generating income, jobs, and prosperity for First Nations.

NeeStaNan Utility Corridor - A United Endeavour

The trading of goods has been in our DNA as Indigenous People for centuries, but somewhere along the way this was lost. It’s time to regain our prosperity, for the betterment of our communities and for our country. Overall NeeStaNan Utility Corridor reduces GHG emissions and bring more responsibly produced Canadian products to Canadians and World markets NeeStaNan Utility Corridor brings additional profits and taxes that will make bands self-sustaining The NeeStaNan Utility Corridor will improve Canada’s competitiveness in international markets resulting in local economic benefits.

The NeeStaNan Corridor will transform not only First Nations’ Communities but Canada as a whole by creating new trade routes commodities.

This project is critical for Canada. A path forward in uncertain economic times.

Get in Touch

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