Valuing Indigenous knowledge
We want to ensure Indigenous cultures, values and the environment are respected and protected, so we engage with local Indigenous groups to identify and gather Indigenous knowledge, helping ensure the needs and interests of each group are met throughout the life cycle of the project. These engagements provide an opportunity to discuss concerns and mitigate potential adverse effects by incorporating Indigenous knowledge about the local ecology, land and resource use, into project planning activities.
Case study: Indigenous knowledge sharing
The Construction Monitoring and Community Liaison (CMCL) Program provides opportunities for Indigenous group members to participate in Coastal GasLink pipeline construction within their traditional territory. While their role is to observe, record and report back to their communities on construction activities, it has also fostered an understanding of Indigenous traditional medicine.
Through the program, Indigenous CMCL advisors work closely with environmental specialists to identify, harvest and collect Diamond Willow Fungus and Chaga—fungi found on trees that are important medicines in traditional healing.
Case study: 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 more than 10 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.