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Working with Indigenous groups

For more than 30 years, TC Energy has been engaging with Indigenous groups. We recognize Indigenous groups as rightsholders who have a distinct relationship to the land. We understand that our business activities have the potential to affect these groups in tangible ways. Through collaboration and open communication with Indigenous groups, we strive to earn their respect and trust to establish and grow positive long-term relationships.



Our approach to Indigenous Relations

We believe that engaging early and often with Indigenous groups and working with them according to our Guiding Principles of Indigenous Relations is the key to creating positive, long-term relationships.

Through regular conversations and meetings, Indigenous groups can share their concerns and interests with us, which in turn helps us to create pro-active project plans.

We strive to create opportunities that support these groups through education and training, community legacy, scholarships, and engagement with Indigenous contractors and businesses.

Learn more by reading our:

Indigenous Relations Policy (PDF, 0.14 MB)

Our Guiding Principles (PDF, 2 MB) 

Indigenous Relations strategy (PDF, 0.3 MB)

Corporate Responsibility Report — Indigenous Relations (PDF, 3.0 MB)

For investor-related information:


A decade-long partnership

In 2008, the Osage Nation became the first U.S. Tribal group to partner with TC Energy as we began consultation on the Keystone Pipeline System, which has now safely transported energy for over eight years. Since then, we have continued to collaborate with the Osage on initiatives such as the cultural preservation programs.

Watch our video to learn more about our long-standing partnership or read the full story here.

We bring value to our relationships with Indigenous groups through the following ways:


Community legacy

Throughout North America, our engagement team plays an important role in our community legacy work with Indigenous groups.

We support community-led initiatives tailored to support local priorities, including safety equipment and programs, emergency preparedness, Sundances, Pow Wows, Métis festivals, breakfast programs, cultural/language preservation, Elders programs, use of
traditional plants, and medicine.

Education and training

From safety tickets to trades and environment training, we help community members build the skills required by industry. We also build community capacity through initiatives such as scholarships, upgrading, life-skills and employment programs.

Indigenous Relations business engagement

We strive to engage community leaders and businesses to help them understand and align their capacity and capabilities with our project requirements and qualifications.

Related documents

Indigenous Relations Commitment Statement

Indigenous Relations Policy

Indigenous Relations Strategy

Guiding Principles

Corporate Responsibility Report


We continue to build on over 30 years of engagement with Indigenous groups. We are committed to building and maintaining long-term relationships with Indigenous groups based on respect, trust, open communication and recognition that many of our activities occur on traditional lands.

We are committed to providing business, employment and training opportunities to the Indigenous groups on whose lands we build and operate through all phases of our projects.

We work collaboratively with Indigenous communities and businesses to create mutually beneficial relationships based on a principled approach to commercial opportunities. Many opportunities are made available during construction, through our general contractors.

Visit our Vendors' page to sign up as a registered vendor.

We believe in Indigenous employment and training programs and work with Indigenous groups to identify training opportunities that will provide long-term mutual value. We also have a robust Indigenous legacy scholarship program, along with other trades and leadership scholarships. Learn more by visiting our scholarships page.

We support Indigenous group participation within the regulatory process through a variety of means, including resourcing capacity funding to enable the review and feedback for project information. This can include Traditional Land Use information, map review or community meetings. On certain projects, capacity funding has supported the Indigenous group in meeting capacity needs to respond to our projects. Where conditions emerge from the regulatory process, we aim to involve Indigenous groups in activities that result from regulatory conditions.

TC Energy supports the participation of Indigenous groups within the regulatory process, including resource capacity funding that enables the review of project information and community meetings. On certain projects, capacity funding has enabled the Indigenous groups to hire additional staff assigned to our projects. Where conditions emerge from the regulatory process, we also do our best to involve Indigenous groups in activities that result from regulatory conditions.

Our engagement leaders throughout North America play an important role in our community legacy work with Indigenous groups. We engage with communities to develop community-led initiatives that are tailored to support local needs.

Our asset system spans many geographies and is multi-generational, just like our commitment to supporting positive, long-term relationships. Learn more by visiting our Apply for Funding page.

Need more information or have a question?

Email us at aboriginal_relations@tcenergy.com, call us at 1-855-895-8754 or visit our Contact us page for more information.