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.
We aim to train and hire employees from Indigenous groups who live close to our pipelines and other facilities. We believe this kind of community collaboration demonstrates what can be achieved when we set goals and work together. It all comes down to finding common ground.
In collaboration with a majority-owned Indigenous environmental consulting firm, Green Eagle, TransCanada implemented a field worker program that builds capacity for the communities by actively engaging Indigenous participants in the field work for project planning.
"Indigenous people have such a connection to the Earth and to the environment, and to what happens with it, so engaging them is so important," says Karen Paul from Green Eagle, the company that hired 15 Indigenous community members from across New Brunswick to take part in environmental field studies on Energy East pipeline project.
"These field studies provide opportunities for Indigenous communities to be directly involved in the work being done."
Meet Layne Boucher, co-owner of Indigenous-owned Getumdone Contracting Ltd. His team has provided support for Coastal Gas Link environmental field studies and training services for potential project employees.
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.