Respecting the Diversity of Indigenous Cultures
TransCanada believes engaging early with potentially affected Indigenous communities to understand and respond to community interests and concerns is essential to developing positive, long-term relationships. Through early and ongoing engagement Indigenous communities have the opportunity to work with TransCanada to identify their concerns and interests in the project, which helps to inform project planning and the development of mitigation measures. We ensure TransCanada employees and contractors working with Indigenous communities have the knowledge required to engage meaningfully with Indigenous communities.
TransCanada recognizes Indigenous communities as right holders who have a distinct relationship to the land, which is integral to TransCanada’s work. We understand the project has the potential to affect the lives and cultural values of Indigenous people in very tangible ways.
Aboriginal and Native American Relations Policies & Indigenous Relations Strategy
TransCanada’s Aboriginal and Native American Relations policies and Indigenous Relations Strategy guide how TransCanada works with Indigenous communities to address concerns, identify opportunities and facilitate participation in the project. Our approach to engagement is based on earning the respect and trust of Indigenous communities through open communication and collaboration to establish and grow long-term relationships with Indigenous communities.
TransCanada has anchored the Indigenous Relations Strategy in the Company’s core values of safety, integrity, responsibility and collaboration. Engaging communities is the backbone of our Strategy. We work with communities to identify opportunities to create mutual benefits through community legacy, education and training, as well as employment and contracting.
TransCanada uses a broad range of methods when engaging with Indigenous communities. Through early engagement we work with Indigenous leadership to understand the Nation’s cultural protocols, as the basis for how we will engage with leadership and community members on the project. We also use a variety of methods to share information about the project, gather input from communities, and to advance Indigenous communities understanding of how we do our work. These range from walking the pipeline route and facilitating site visits and pump stations tours to employing Tribal monitors during construction.
Building on our experience working with Nations on the Gulf Coast project and drawing on what we have learned through ongoing engagement on the Keystone XL Project, TransCanada remains committed to working collaboratively with Tribal Nations to address concerns, and identify mutually beneficial opportunities.