Indigenous Partnership

Indigenous Partnerships

Trigon is located on the unceded, ancestral and traditional territories of the Tsimshian Peoples. While acknowledging this reality is a vitally important starting point, we are honoured that our connection with the Tsimshian Nation runs much deeper.

When Trigon was privatized in 2019, the Lax Kw’alaams Band and Metlakatla First Nation joined our ownership group, and they work closely with our terminal team in many areas. This makes our company a model for highly tangible economic Reconciliation of the kind that many other companies are moving towards.

We also strive for meaningful dialogue and alignment of interests with Tsimshian communities extending beyond our ownership group.

We still have a great deal to learn, and we know that having the Lax Kw’alaams Band and Metlakatla First Nation within our ownership group does not equate to consent for all new directions that we may consider.

We’re committed to acknowledging past harms – and their often enduring impacts – that the Indigenous people of this region have suffered in the colonial period. But with ongoing and respectful dialogue with and guidance from our Indigenous owners, we are well positioned to identify the right paths forward – paths towards the full reconciliation of our operations with Indigenous rights and aspirations.

The way forward has begun with the Benefits Agreements that we have with the Lax Kw’alaams Band and Metlakatla First Nation. They provide for:

  • Notification of procurement opportunities and contracting with Tsimshian businesses in preference to non-Tsimshian businesses where respective qualifications are deemed to be equal.
  • Proactive encouragement of applications from Indigenous Peoples for all external job postings – along with regular financial support for training and skills development – in an effort to further expand representation within our workforce.

We also work to ensure that our community investment and engagement is, to the best of our ability, aligned with the particular needs and values of adjacent Indigenous communities.

The breadth and depth of our relationship with the Indigenous peoples of this region is reflected in the Trigon name and logo, which were inspired by Northwest Coast artistic traditions.