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Indigenous Peoples Indigenous Peoples and Contracting

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TransCanada is committed to providing business, employment and training opportunities throughout all phases of our projects to the Indigenous communities on whose lands we operate. We work collaboratively with Indigenous communities to create opportunities that yield mutual benefits.

On the Energy East pipeline project, TransCanada identified Indigenous community interest in a field worker program. In collaboration with an environmental consulting firm, Green Eagle, TransCanada implemented a field worker program that builds capacity for the communities by actively engaging Indigenous participants in the field work for project planning. In 2015, 15 participants were employed through the program from Indigenous communities across New Brunswick. Read more at


TransCanada is developing an Indigenous employment and training program that includes project-specific plans to support the participation of Indigenous peoples.

A few examples of how education and training is making a difference in our communities and for our projects:

  • The 2014 multi-agency training initiative with Whitefish Lake First Nation and Buffalo Lake Métis Settlement in Alberta led to the direct employment of 22 of the 28 participants with TransCanada’s contractors in 2015.
  • Through an agreement with Northwest Community College (NWCC), Coastal GasLink recently provided funding support for 20 Wet’suwet’en students and members from the local community for NWCC’s Mining Exploration & Natural Resource Field Assistant program in Smithers, B.C.


In 2015, TransCanada generated nearly $168 million in work for Indigenous businesses or their joint-venture partners in Canada and the U.S. for goods, contract services and employment on TransCanada projects and operations.

A few examples of 2015 contracting highlights:

  • Sturgeon Lake Resources, a company owned by Sturgeon Lake First Nation, did a superb job of completing a clearing contract ahead of schedule on our Simonette pipeline project.
  • On the Northern Courier pipeline project, 23 per cent of the total contracting and employment undertaken by the prime contractor was directed to contractors and employees from local Indigenous communities.
  • On TransCanada projects in 2015, seven Indigenous community joint-venture partnerships provided camps and camp services on seven projects.

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People canoeing at the North American Indigenous Games in Regina, Saskatchewan

Between July 20 and 27, 2015, athletes and teams from 13 Canadian provinces and territories, and 13 regions around the U.S. converged on Regina, Saskatchewan, to compete in the North American Indigenous Games (NAIG). In total, 5,000 athletes, 1,000 coaching staff, 3,000 volunteers and 200 cultural and entertainment performers attended the event.

“TransCanada was thrilled to sponsor the Regina 2015 NAIG,” says Andrea Jalbert, TransCanada vice-president, community and sustainability. “Through our Community Investment program, we support organizations and initiatives that bring communities together. The NAIG did just that — welcomed athletes, teams and families from North American Indigenous communities as they celebrated excellence in sports and culture.”

As part of this partnership, TransCanada:

  • Donated 250 tickets to residents of north-central Regina to attend the Opening Ceremony, promoting access to quality cultural activities
  • Provided 4,000 pins to competing athletes giving away an additional 1,000 pins during the games
  • Sponsored the Cultural Village Main Stage, featuring an impressive lineup of performances