Enbridge’s Indigenous Peoples Policy


Because Indigenous Peoples in Canada and the U.S. have distinct rights, Enbridge acknowledges that the Indigenous Peoples we interact with are more than stakeholders. For this reason, we have adopted a separate corporate policy to ensure that our activities respect their distinct rights. Our Indigenous Peoples Policy outlines the key principles that guide our engagement with Indigenous Nations and groups in areas in North America where our pipelines cross or may impact their lands or rights.

The purpose and intent of our Indigenous Peoples Policy is to:

  • Acknowledge the history and diversity of Indigenous Peoples and recognize their distinct rights as protected by Canadian and U.S. laws;
  • Commit to consultation, engagement and the creation of positive, long-lasting mutually beneficial relationships (social, cultural, economic and environmental);
  • Recognize the importance of the UNDRIP and the role it plays in guiding our approach; and
  • Frame all commitments as a shared responsibility involving Enbridge and its affiliates, employees and contractors.

Enbridge Indigenous Peoples Policy

Enbridge recognizes the diversity of Indigenous Peoples who live where we work and operate. We understand that the history of Indigenous Peoples in both Canada and the United States has had destructive impacts on the social and economic wellbeing of Indigenous Peoples. Enbridge recognizes the importance of reconciliation between Indigenous communities and broader society. Positive relationships with Indigenous Peoples, based on mutual respect and focused on achieving common goals, will create constructive outcomes for both Indigenous communities and for Enbridge.

Enbridge commits to pursuing sustainable relationships with Indigenous Nations and groups in proximity to where Enbridge conducts business. To achieve this, Enbridge will govern itself by the following principles:

  • We recognize the legal and constitutional rights possessed by Indigenous Peoples in Canada and in the U.S., and the importance of the relationship between Indigenous Peoples and their traditional lands and resources. We commit to working with Indigenous communities in a manner that recognizes and respects those legal and constitutional rights and the traditional lands and resources to which they apply, and we commit to ensuring that our projects and operations are carried out in an environmentally responsible manner.

  • We recognize the importance of the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) within the context of existing Canadian and U.S. law and the commitments that governments in both countries have made to protecting the rights of Indigenous Peoples.

  • We engage in forthright and sincere consultation with Indigenous Peoples about Enbridge’s projects and operations through processes that seek to achieve early and meaningful engagement so their input can help our projects that may occur on lands traditionally used by Indigenous Peoples.

  • We commit to working with Indigenous peoples to achieve benefits for them resulting from Enbridge’s projects and operations, including opportunities in training and education, employment, procurement, business development, and community development.

  • We foster understanding of the history and culture of Indigenous Peoples among Enbridge’s employees and contractors, in order to create better relationships between Enbridge and Indigenous communities.

This commitment is a shared responsibility involving Enbridge and its affiliates, employees and contractors, and we will conduct business in a manner that reflects the above principles. Enbridge will provide ongoing leadership and resources to ensure the effective implementation of the above principles, including the development of implementation strategies and specific action plans.

Enbridge commits to periodically reviewing this policy to ensure it remains relevant and meets changing expectations.