Capital Power proudly works with Indigenous communities in Canada and the United States in terms of developing, constructing and operating our projects in a sustainable manner. We work to create opportunities for open, honest and transparent engagement with the goal of achieving long-lasting and mutually beneficial relationships.
Indigenous Relations Policy
Capital Power has adopted a Policy to set the foundation for our approach to Indigenous relations. The Policy acknowledges that historic and contemporary forces have had profoundly negative impacts on Indigenous Peoples. It states our commitment to being active participants in Canada’s national reconciliation process with Indigenous Peoples and the importance of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) within the context of existing Canadian and U.S. law and the commitments that governments in both countries have made to protecting the rights of Indigenous Peoples.
In the spirit of reconciliation, Capital Power respectfully acknowledges that we operate within the ancestral homelands, traditional and treaty territories of the Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island, or North America.
Capital Power’s head office is located within the traditional and contemporary home of many Indigenous peoples of the Treaty 6 region and Métis Nation of Alberta Region 4. We acknowledge the diverse Indigenous communities that are located in these areas and whose presence continues to enrich the community.
Engaging Indigenous Communities
We seek opportunities for having our operations provide meaningful economic and social benefits, directly or indirectly, to Indigenous communities. In Alberta, we regularly engage communities and Indigenous businesses to understand their interests and capabilities. In British Columbia and Ontario, we have five community benefits agreements in place, which include a financial component related to our operations. Certain agreements provide for scholarships and community support, as well as a commitment to share information on business and contracting opportunities. In Oregon, we’ve developed an agreement to protect culturally significant sites at one of our projects with the Indigenous community whose traditional territory encompasses the project area. We are also proud to offer scholarships to Indigenous youth in a number of communities.