We are proud of the relationships we’ve built with Indigenous communities and are committed to providing business, employment and training opportunities to the people on whose lands we operate. This involves, in collaboration with contractors and subcontractors, offering work opportunities and partnerships to qualified Indigenous workers and businesses and ensuring our contractors engage meaningfully with Indigenous businesses.
As long-term neighbours of our natural gas pipeline system in Alberta, the Alexander First Nation identified heavy equipment operator skills training as a priority to help their members obtain quality jobs in and around their community.
Skills training supported by TransCanada at Alexander First Nation is one of the ways our operations can generate direct and indirect economic benefits for the communities where we operate.
Community outreach programs are an important part of building long-term relationships.
One program we supported brought together more than 60 Indigenous youth, Elders, cultural leaders and mentors from 18 British Columbia First Nations to participate in a cultural and forestry skills program. The youth learned basic forestry skills, such as map and compass reading and GPS and field data collection. They spent time with Elders to participate in storytelling, cultural teachings, learning Indigenous language, medicine picking and preparation, hide tanning, trapping, fishing, drumming and singing.
Watch our video to learn more about this annual program.