Today’s 2013 TransCanada CSR Report Material Area in Focus: Aboriginal, Native American and Indigenous Peoples

Daily material area in focus feature from our 2013 CSR Report
Jun 16, 2014 9:00 AM ET
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On June 6, 2013 TransCanada Corporation officially released our 2013 Corporate Social Responsibility Report. The 2013 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report was released during Canadian Environment Week as a testament to our commitment to operating in an economically, socially and environmentally sustainable manner, while recognizing the interests of our stakeholders.

Our 2013 CSR Report is focused on 10 areas of key importance to both us and to our stakeholders. These areas of key importance were identified using TransCanada’s materiality process and our report highlights our successes and challenges in these areas. Check our TransCanada 2013 CSR Report campaign for FMRs on each of our 10 material areas of focus.

Because June 16 is Canadian National Aboriginal Day, today we are highlighting Aboriginal, Native American and Indigenous Peoples

TransCanada has been listening to and learning from North America's first people for decades. This legacy of trust, respect and collaboration continues to guide our actions beyond any regulatory obligation. Indeed, as a matter of policy we remain engaged with communities after every project's completion to ensure the lines of communication stay open and every concern is addressed. Currently, we‘re engaging with over one-third of Canada's 622 Aboriginal communities on our projects — an unprecedented track record for any company.

Our commitments are guided not just by good intentions. They are enshrined in an Aboriginal Relations Policy (Canada) and a Native American Relations Policy (United States) that recognize the different legal and constitutional situations within the two countries, and the vast cultural diversity among Indigenous peoples. However, both policies do recognize one commonality — a special relationship with the land and its resources.

Our own engagement process with each Aboriginal and Native American community begins with trying to understand where their needs lie — from training to education to business opportunities. An individual approach to the needs of each community requires knowledge, experience and sensitivity. This is why our Aboriginal Relations team has grown to more than 90 individuals, all of whom regard themselves as advocates for the communities they serve as well as ambassadors for TransCanada.

Click here to learn how we build relationships

Click here to learn about our Traditional Knowledge program

Click here to learn about our Aboriginal Contracting and Employment program