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.
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.
of active formal agreements with Indigenous communities
in procurement from suppliers who self-identified as Indigenous in 2017
of employees at our Red Dog Operations in Alaska who are members of the Iñupiat community
at Teck took cultural awareness training in 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:
Agreements establish tools to work cooperatively through issues, and help to fulfill our commitment to improving community well-being.
We have partnered with various local, national and international organizations and programs to support Indigenous Peoples and communities:
Recognizing and respecting the rights of Indigenous Peoples, negotiating agreements, procurement and community investment as well as relevant policies, procedures, management practices and systems.