Strategic Aboriginal Engagement Committee

Image of SAEC team members
SAEC team members take part in a cultural tour of Harrison Lake, hosted by Sts’ailes Nation, in June 2014. From left to right are Bruce Dumont, Robin Billy, Willie Charlie, Annita McPhee, Cam Matheson, Donia Snow, Carl Archie, Michelle Corfield, Trevor Proverbs, Doug Little and Kim Baird. Not in the photo is SAEC member Dan George.

Strategic Aboriginal Engagement Committee selected

As part of BC Hydro's commitment to enhance external collaboration and to deliver mutually beneficial, respectful, and transparent engagement with Aboriginal People, we're forming the BC Hydro Strategic Aboriginal Engagement Committee (SAEC).

What will be the role of the SAEC?

The SAEC will have a mandate to:

  • Provide advice and input
  • Identify barriers and solutions
  • Generate innovative concepts and approaches to support the design and delivery of BC Hydro planning and operations, as well as our Aboriginal Relations Strategy

The committee will work to provide recommendations, to which BC Hydro will respond publically in writing. Updates to the committee's work, including membership details, reports and recommendations, will be posted on this page.

The SAEC will not replace or impact upon direct relationships with leadership at the provincial, regional or community level, nor will it impact BC Hydro's consultation and accommodation obligations.

Eight Aboriginal members of the committee named on April 24, 2014

Last fall, we launched a public province-wide search for candidates for the SAEC, for consideration by joint BC Hydro/Aboriginal Selection Committee.

We sought applications from individuals with diverse backgrounds, experience and perspectives – including consideration of Aboriginal or Treaty group, gender, age, geographical region, cultural and traditional knowledge, business, technical and/or academic experience, communication and collaboration skills.

Applications were reviewed in January 2014 by an all-Aboriginal selection committee, consisting of four Aboriginal representatives and one BC Hydro representative.

SAEC will consist of 12 members total: eight Aboriginal and four senior BC Hydro representatives. These individuals will be appointed for one-year terms with the possibility of reappointment.

The eight Aboriginal members selected to the committee are:

  • Carl Archie, Secwepemc Nation
  • Kim Baird, Tsawwassen First Nation
  • Robin Billy, Adams Lake Indian Band
  • Willie Charlie, Sts'ailes Nation
  • Michelle Corfield, Ucluelet First Nation
  • Bruce Dumont, Métis Nation BC
  • Dan George, Wet’suwet’en First Nation
  • Annita McPhee, Tahltan Nation

See April 24, 2014 news release announcing new committee members.

See detailed SAEC terms of reference [PDF, 471 KB]

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Sheila Reynolds by email or by phone at 604 528 2811.