Indigenous Relations

BC Hydro is working with Indigenous communities to build long term relationships by incorporating their interests into the Site C project and finding ways to avoid, mitigate and minimize impacts together.

Culture and Heritage Resources Committee

Our engagement efforts include working with Indigenous Nations to find ways to mitigate impacts to culture. 

One way we're doing this is through the Culture and Heritage Resources Committee (CHRC), which brings together members from B.C. and Alberta communities impacted by Site C to discuss mitigation measures for impacts to culture and heritage resources. Representatives oversee and participate in initiatives that showcase the unique culture of Indigenous Nations in the Peace River Valley.

Travelling Exhibit

This interactive exhibit allows visitors to see and read about artifacts found through Site C archeological excavations, including trails and nearby sites such as Tse’k’wa, to learn how the artifacts connect to Indigenous peoples’ history in the area. Community members also tell stories through recordings about their ancestors’ use of the land, spiritual places, current cultural activities and of their resourcefulness and resilience.

The self-guided tour allows visitors to explore four main components:

  1. The floor tiles representing the Peace River
  2. Replicas of artifacts recovered throughout the Peace River valley
  3. The central piece with the digital interfaces represents two drums linked together. An interactive map featuring key archaeological sites and important places. Video and audio recordings of community members. There is an opportunity for Indigenous guests to record their own stories about their culture, community, history, ancestors or their feelings of loss or hope for the future.
  4. A bison skeleton replica at half scale that was discovered through a Site C palaeontological dig.

The exhibit is currently visiting First Nations communities in the Peace Region and a permanent location will be considered at a later date.

Video project showcases history and rich culture of Indigenous Nations in the Peace Region

One of the CHRC initiatives was the creation of a four-part video project where participating Nations share an intimate look at their history and ties to the land, as well as their perspective on the Site C project.

  • Who we are (0:00 – 3:18) A summary of the “people of the Peace” explained in their own words
  • Where we’ve been (3:19 – 7:28) Interviewees look back on their history and impacts of settlement and development in the area, including WAC Bennett dam construction
  • Where we are today (7:29 – 11:41) Reflecting on the past and looking to the future, representatives share their unique perspectives and personal views on the Site C project
  • Where we’re going together (11:42 – 14:34) Indigenous representatives share their thoughts on how we should move forward together into a better shared future

 

Contact information

Please reach out to the BC Hydro Relationships Leads participating in the Culture and Heritage Resources Committee if you have questions.

Alicia Christie
250 271 0021

Michelle Macdonald
604 230 7855