BC Hydro is a Crown corporation, owned by the government and people of British Columbia. We serve 95% of the province’s population and our job is to safely provide our customers with reliable, affordable and clean electricity. Managing our extensive electricity system spanning the province means a significant number of Indigenous peoples’ lives and interests are impacted by our work.
By establishing meaningful, long-term relationships with Indigenous communities, and through early engagement and involvement of these communities in our decision-making processes, we work together to look for effective ways to avoid and mitigate the impacts of our projects. We collaborate to find benefits for Indigenous people through economic opportunities on projects, including procurement and employment. We are also implementing our environment strategy aimed at reducing habitat loss and land fragmentation which benefits everyone.
Our Statement of Indigenous Principles guides our approach in working towards reconciliation with Indigenous people and aligns with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and the Calls to Action in the Truth and Reconciliation Report.