Aboriginal Consultation & Engagement

BC Hydro began consultation with Aboriginal groups about Site C in late 2007, before the decision was made to advance Site C to an environmental assessment. BC Hydro and Aboriginal groups are currently engaged in a consultation and engagement process that will continue through all stages of the project, including construction and operation.

To date, BC Hydro has engaged approximately 60 Aboriginal groups in B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan and the Northwest Territories, with a greater depth of consultation with Treaty 8 First Nations that are in closer proximity to the project. BC Hydro has provided over $14 million in capacity funding for Aboriginal groups to participate in consultations, to carry out traditional land-use studies and community baseline studies, and to participate in the environmental assessment process.