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Dancers in lobby of BC Hydro main office in Vancouver on the 2017 National Aboriginal Day

Progressive Aboriginal Relations designation

Developed as a benchmarking tool by the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB), the Progressive Aboriginal Relations (PAR) program was designed to help Canadian business organizations gauge and improve their commitment to progressive relationships with First Nations and Indigenous communities, businesses and people.

The PAR program is the first of its kind in the world. The program requires that companies set goals and assess themselves in four areas: employment, business development, individual skills development, and community relations.

PAR recognizes companies at three levels of achievement: gold, silver and bronze. Each firm must complete a self-assessment, verified by the National Quality Institute (NQI), an independent organization that measures organizational excellence. NQI makes recommendations to an independent jury of business leaders who then identify the PAR award recipients.

We earned PAR gold

In August 2018, we earned a gold-level certification for best practices from the Progressive Aboriginal Relations program.

It was our third gold certification from PAR and we'll strive to maintain this level in our next application in 2021.

A gold designation in the PAR program provides a high level of assurance that a certified company is a good partner, a great place to work for Indigenous employees, and is committed to the prosperity of Indigenous communities, businesses, and individuals.

McLeod Lake Indian Band – corporate recognition

BC Hydro was awarded a certificate of recognition on August 11, 2017 for our collaboration efforts with the McLeod Lake Indian Band to achieve progress on improved environmental, economic and social development objectives.  

BC Hydro was given a formal acknowledgement of our efforts toward building a renewed and collaborative working relationship with McLeod Lake Indian Band at the 17th Annual General Assembly at McLeod Lake. The General Assembly pays tribute to the culture, traditions and lands of the Tse’Khene peoples. 

In 2016 we signed a Renewal Agreement with McLeod Lake Indian Band to define a pathway to an enduring and respectful relationship.