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True Calling: Indigenous roots drive careers at BC Hydro

Stories of two Indigenous employees told on video

"Growing up, I always knew that our people were at somewhat of a disadvantage. I felt they had so much to offer. So if there's anything I could do to shine the light on what they are, that's really what my passion is."

– Sharon McLeod, BC Hydro

"I come from a family of Aboriginal rights activists, but I decided to take a left hand turn... Or whatever direction it is ... into engineering."

– Ska-hiish Manuel, BC Hydro

A pair of BC Hydro employees with Indigenous roots in B.C. have taken on significantly different roles at BC Hydro. Their stories are told as part of the True Calling video series that profiles Canadians at work.

With a 14-year career in the public school system assisting Indigenous students and helping them to graduate from high school, Sharon McLeod felt she needed to expand on that even further. Today, her job in Indigenous employment and training for BC Hydro is to make employment opportunities accessible to Indigenous individuals, and to provide them with the best foot forward in obtaining those roles.

Growing up on a reserve, Ska-hiish Manuel's dad instilled in him the importance of engineers and how vital their role was in building the family business. Today, he's an electrical engineer for BC Hydro, where he continues the cause of his ancestors by helping remote Indigenous communities, as well as clearing a path for future Indigenous engineers.

Select the videos on this page to view their stories on YouTube.