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Indigenous community legacy

The footprint of our assets is multi-generational and so is our commitment to maintaining positive relationships with Indigenous groups for the duration of our activities.

Throughout North America, we work with Indigenous groups to identify their needs and interests for community legacy initiatives. We support community-led initiatives including safety equipment and safety programs, emergency preparedness, Sun Dances, Pow Wows, Métis festivals, breakfast programs, cultural/language preservation, Elders programs, habitat conservation, species protection and more.

Scholarship program began in 1982 with more than $36,500 awarded to Indigenous students annually
$8 million+ invested in more than 500 Indigenous partners and students in 2020
COVID-19 financial support offered to 200+ Indigenous groups across North America

Apply for funding

Apply for funding to support community-led initiatives that support your Indigenous groups’ needs and aspirations.   

Visit our Community Giving page to learn more and to apply

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Our focus areas

We support community-led initiatives of Indigenous groups that focus on safety, community, environment and education and training.

icon-blue-safety.png  Safety

Ensuring emergency personnel are trained and equipped to respond quickly and effectively to their local needs is our priority. We work with communities to understand how we can support their safety initiatives, including emergency preparedness, accident prevention and education and training.

Examples:

  • Safety ticket training
  • Emergency preparedness
  • Equipment purchases
  • Pipeline construction safety
  • First responders
  • Public awareness

blue safety icon  Community

We fund community-led initiatives that support their needs and aspirations. This includes things like cultural preservation and community events.

Examples:

  • Community events and celebrations
  • Culture and language
  • Indigenous health and wellness
  • Sports and recreation
  • Culture programs
  • Youth leadership programs
  • Elders events and support
  • Traditional knowledge transfer
  • Governance support
  • Infrastructure

blue environment icon  Environment

Sustainable futures start today. We invest in community and regional environmental initiatives that build strong tomorrows. We work with Indigenous groups to conserve important habitat and protect species at risk and the environment.

Examples:

  • Environmental management training programs
  • Species at risk protection
  • Traditional land use programs
  • Outdoor and environment programs for youth
  • Environment stewardship and conservation
  • Protection of watercourses, watersheds, aquatic habitats, etc.

blue environment icon  Education and training

We work with Indigenous groups to build the skills and capacity required to access employment and further education. This includes support for basic education programs for skills development and TC Energy Scholarships.

Examples:

  • Early childhood development
  • Stay in school programs
  • Language and cultural education
  • Literacy and numeracy programs
  • Homework and mentoring programs
  • High-school upgrading
  • Drivers training
  • Trades, safety and vocational skills training
  • Supplier/business capacity building

Spotlight: Indigenous Legacy Scholarship

Our scholarship program is one example of the long-term value we bring to the communities where we operate through our Build Strong community giving program. In 2020, we awarded 900+ scholarships worth more than C$2.5 million to students from across North America.

Marcel B. from Winnebago, Nebraska, was a recipient of an Indigenous Legacy Scholarship in 2018. Watch Marcel’s story and see how the scholarship is helping the father of six balance family life while pursuing a degree in network administration and security.

Learn more about how to apply for a scholarship.

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Native Fest celebrates Native American culture

A critical community in the energy industry known as “The Pipeline Crossroads of the World,” Cushing, Oklahoma is a culturally rich region home to many Indigenous groups—and an annual fall festival called Native Fest that brings everyone together.

A celebration of Native American culture, TC Energy has sponsored Native Fest annually since its inception in 2015 as part of our ongoing commitment to building meaningful relationships with Indigenous groups.

Empowering the young adults of Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation

Grounded in spiritual, emotional and traditional teachings, the Young Women’s Wiyami program at Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation provides young women with the knowledge to make healthy and empowering life choices for themselves and their families. The program, sponsored by TC Energy for two years, runs for three months, twice a year and includes sessions on nutrition, financial literacy, traditional sewing and the Stoney language. Following the success of the program, in 2019, the program became open to all interested Nation members.

Bringing communities together in Mexico

Nestled among the Sierra Madre mountains is one of Mexico’s most expansive pipeline systems. The region is also home to numerous Raramuri communities. As part of our ongoing work in the region, we hosted an Indigenous cultural festival which brought together more than 1,200 Raramuri community members to showcase their music, food, arts and crafts. Community members also had an opportunity to learn about different aspects of pipeline construction and safety standards through interactive games and audiovisual experiences at the TC Energy booth.

Need more information or have a question?

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