Hydro-Québec has maintained relations with Indigenous communities for many decades, but we want to take things a step further. With the goal of continuous improvement and in keeping with our commitment, Hydro-Québec has set the following objectives:
- An increase in our Indigenous workforce
- Better employee understanding of Indigenous realities
- More social involvement of Hydro-Québec in Indigenous communities
- More diversity in contracts awarded to Indigenous firms
Hydro-Québec adopted a policy on relations with Indigenous communities in 2019. This policy formally sets forth our commitment to involve Indigenous communities in our actions and decisions, the goal to foster the acceptability and hence integration of our projects and activities.
We are, accordingly, committed not only to maintaining but to improving our relations with Indigenous communities and to an open and receptive workplace considerate of the realities of these communities.
Our operating activities and our construction and refurbishment projects often take place on land used by Indigenous peoples. To ensure good communication with Indigenous communities, we have set up a number of joint committees that address the environmental components and socioeconomic spinoffs of our projects. We also rely on a team of advisors dedicated to Indigenous relations who work in all regions of Québec and visit Indigenous communities.
Portrait of Indigenous Nations
Québec is home to 11 Indigenous nations, each with its own unique culture, language and social organization.
Hydro-Québec has signed numerous agreements with members of Indigenous communities, the agreements varying depending on the project and the circumstances of the community concerned.
Hydro-Québec has adopted a policy that gives formal expression to its commitment to involve Indigenous communities in its actions and decisions.
Progressive Aboriginal Relations (PAR) certification
We are proud to have obtained Silver PAR certification this year from the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business.
This certification is based on continued improvement and confirms that a company’s actions and efforts have earned it recognition as among the Canadian companies with the best Indigenous relations.