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.
The Site C project is located within the traditional territories of the Treaty 8 First Nations, representing distinct cultures and histories, which are deeply connected to the Peace River.
- To learn more about the Indigenous Nations we work with, you're invited to view informational signage at the Site C north bank view point.
We understand that the approach taken between the 1960s and the 1980s to build the W.A.C. Bennett Dam and the Peace Canyon Dam had lasting impacts on Treaty 8 First Nations. We know this history has left a legacy of mistrust by First Nations, and we're working to rebuild their trust today.
- Visit the "Our Story, Our Voice" exhibit at the W.A.C. Bennett Visitor Centre.
- Watch a video project where participating Indigenous Nations share an intimate look at their history and ties to the land.
We're on a journey to advance reconciliation by building positive and mutually beneficial relationships with First Nations and we know there is still a long way to go.
In everything we do, we strive to learn from our shared past and find ways to incorporate Indigenous knowledge and perspectives in our work today. We connect with and build lasting relationships with First Nations communities most affected by Site C.
Our Indigenous Relations team works in and around the Fort St. John area and beyond to engage, build relationships, and find solutions together on the topics that are most important to First Nations.
As we move forward with our activities in the area, we're working with First Nations to:
- Build meaningful and long-lasting relationships that respect Indigenous interests;
- Understand concerns and find ways to avoid and mitigate potential impacts; and
- Identify opportunities to involve First Nations and bring benefits to individuals, businesses, and communities.