Donations, Sponsorships & Scholarships

National Aboriginal Day celebration

Monetary and in-kind donations

BC Hydro supports registered charities, registered not-for-profit organizations and First Nations who meet the defined criteria.

Left: BC Hydro is proud to support National Aboriginal Day activities throughout the province.

Three key criteria guide our donation funding

BC Hydro's donation funding areas are environmental sustainability, youth and lifestyle, and community leadership.

Preference is given to initiatives that:

  • Engage and support Aboriginal Peoples of B.C.
  • Align with BC Hydro’s purpose and guiding principles
  • Involve communities where BC Hydro has facilities, operations and impacts
  • Support Power Smart programs or initiatives
  • Provide opportunities to customize promotional activities and allow for on-site customer education and interaction


Here's a sampling of organizations and events BC Hydro has supported during the past year:

  • BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres – Gathering Our Voices: 2014 Provincial Aboriginal Youth Conference, Vancouver
  • Ktunaxa Nation Council's 2014 Columbia Salmon Festival, Invermere
  • Saulteau First Nation’s Pemmican Days, Moberly Lake
  • 38th Annual BC Elders Gathering, Penticton
  • National Aboriginal Day celebrations, various locations


BC Hydro offers eight $1,500 aboriginal scholarships for B.C. residents who plan to enroll in full-time public post-secondary institutions within Canada, in any field of study.

As a memorial to previous aboriginal relations & negotiations manager, Randy Brant, BC Hydro offers one $2,000 scholarship for an aboriginal person. The criterion for awarding this scholarship is a combination of academic achievement and outstanding community involvement.

BC Hydro accepts scholarship applications annually between late January and mid-April. In addition, BC Hydro works with numerous education institutions to award endowment scholarships province-wide.

In 2014, BC Hydro awarded scholarships to students from Lax Kw’alaams, Takla Lake, Taku River Tlingit, St’at’imc, Lytton, Simpcw, Saulteau, Seabird Island and a Métis student.

Sponsorships and other support

In April 2012, BC Hydro provided funding and volunteers to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada's regional event in Victoria, where BC Hydro presented the Commission with its Expression of Reconciliation [PDF, 125 KB]. The TRC hosted a National Event in Vancouver in September 2013, where BC Hydro was a major sponsor.

BC Hydro was an official supporter of VANOC's Indigenous Youth Gathering.

Between January 30 and February 14, 2010, First Nations, Inuit and Metis youth, aged 19 to 29, were given the unique opportunity to participate in the 2010 Winter Olympic experience by showcasing their culture through a variety of activities and events, including participation in the 2010 Winter Olympic opening ceremonies.

In 2009, BC Hydro became the founding and ongoing sponsor of the BC Achievement Foundation's annual BC Aboriginal Business Awards.

Youth Unity Run at Revelstoke Dam
In May 2013, BC Hydro sponsored the Syilx (ONA) Youth Unity Run