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Relationships with Indigenous Peoples

We are committed to building strong relationships with Indigenous Peoples to help us understand our respective priorities and perspectives and ultimately create lasting, mutual benefits.

Building Relationships with Indigenous Peoples

Teck recognizes and respects the rights, cultures, interests, and aspirations of Indigenous Peoples, and we are committed to building strong and lasting relationships. We engage with Indigenous Peoples in the communities surrounding our operations and exploration sites to build relationships at the earliest stages of mining and throughout the mining process. We focus on integrating the perspectives of Indigenous Peoples into company decision-making, and creating lasting benefits that respect their unique interests and aspirations. This commitment is formally outlined in our Indigenous Peoples Policy and also aligns with Teck’s core values of integrity and respect. Our Indigenous Peoples Policy sets out our approach to working with Indigenous Peoples to ensure Indigenous rights, cultural heritage and traditional land use are respected, and confirms our goal of working to achieve the free, prior and informed consent of Indigenous Peoples when proposing new or substantially modified projects.


Our Approach

  • Teck engages with Indigenous Peoples potentially affected by our activities to:
  • Build respectful relationships through early, inclusive dialogue and collaborative processes
  • Provide resources to build the capacity of both Indigenous Peoples and Teck to have meaningful dialogue
  • Integrate Indigenous Peoples’ perspectives and traditional knowledge into company decision-making throughout the mining life cycle to enhance benefits of our activities and address impacts
  • Work to achieve the free, prior and informed consent of Indigenous Peoples when proposing new or substantially modified projects
  • Work with Indigenous Peoples to achieve self-defined community goals that provide lasting benefits

$209 million  

in procurement from suppliers who self-identified as Indigenous in 2018

66 The Number 

of active formal agreements with Indigenous communities

53 Percent 

of employees at our Red Dog Operations in Alaska who are members of the Iñupiat community

445 employees  

at Teck took cultural awareness training since 2017


We believe that a strong foundation for the establishment of stable, constructive and mutually beneficial relationships is through the development of formal benefit agreements. These agreements create a framework for greater cooperation and clarity on topics such as consultation and engagement, the environment and land stewardship, employment and business opportunities.

Our approach to negotiating formal benefit agreements focuses on:

  • Recognizing the importance of building trust, mutual respect, cooperation and open communication of interests and concerns
  • Improving community well-being
  • Working with Indigenous Peoples in innovative and collaborative ways such as conservation or cultural land uses
  • Reducing business risk and project uncertainty through effective consultation and other processes

Agreements establish tools to work cooperatively through issues, and help to fulfill our commitment to improving community well-being.  

Memberships and Partnerships

We have partnered with various local, national and international organizations and programs to support Indigenous Peoples and communities:

  • Reconciliation Canada: Teck is a partner with Reconciliation Canada, engaging Canadians in dialogue around the relationships among Indigenous peoples and all Canadians.
  • Indspire Awards: Teck sponsors the Teck Canadian Aboriginal Bursary in partnership with Indspire, helping Indigenous youth achieve their potential.
  • CAPE Fund: Teck is a founding investor in CAPE Fund, a $50-million investment fund created to support Indigenous entrepreneurs or communities to pursue economic opportunities. 
  • Minerva – Combining Our Strength Initiative: Teck has been a supporter of Minerva’s program to create partnerships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal women.
  • Champions Table: Teck is a founding member of the Champions Table, a formal ongoing opportunity to foster dialogue between Aboriginal and business leaders in British Columbia.
  • UN Women Teck provided $1 million to support a UN Women initiative to create opportunities for skills development of Indigenous women in northern Chile.

Management and Performance in Relationships with Indigenous Peoples

Management and Performance in Relationships with Indigenous Peoples

Recognizing and respecting the rights of Indigenous Peoples, negotiating agreements, procurement and community investment as well as relevant policies, procedures, management practices and systems.

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Teck is a diversified resource company committed to responsible mining and mineral development with business units focused on copper, zinc, steelmaking coal and energy.