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Indigenous Relations

We're working with Indigenous communities to build long-term relationships by incorporating their interests into the Site C project and finding ways to mitigate impacts and advance reconciliation together.

How We Consult

We began consulting with Indigenous Nations about the Site C project in late 2007, before the decision was made to advance Site C to an environmental assessment.

To date, we have engaged about 60 Indigenous Nations 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.

Project construction has been underway since 2015, and our engagement on the project is on-going. We're currently working to prepare Indigenous Nations for the changes coming to the valley as a result of reservoir filling.

Here are some of our engagement activities:

  • Dam site construction tours
  • Highway tours of the Peace River and surrounding project areas
  • Community meeting with First Nations members
  • Environmental Forum and subcommittee meetings, where we collaborate to find ways to mitigate environmental impacts and discuss construction permits
  • Culture and Heritage Resources Committee and Cultural Centre Working Group meetings, where we work together on cultural impact mitigation efforts
  • Creation of materials, like posters and videos, to share information and visually demonstrate project activities and upcoming changes
  • Reporting progress to Chief and Council
  • Ongoing connections with community members, Elders and youth