Rokstad Power values a strong commitment to Indigenous engagement. We know that the majority of power line infrastructure we work on is located on or near the traditional territories or treaty lands of Indigenous communities. This means we must establish respectful, mutually beneficial working relationships with those communities who may be impacted by the projects on which we work.
Rokstad Power seeks to create benefits directly for Indigenous communities by:
- Enacting a policy of Indigenous inclusion whenever possible.
- Providing First Nations individuals with training opportunities for long-term employment in various fields in the line trade.
- Openly communicating with Indigenous communities.
- Respecting the various cultural practices and needs of Indigenous communities.
- Respecting Indigenous and treaty rights.
- Minimizing any negative environmental impacts on Indigenous territory.
- Adhering to the highest health and safety standards for workers.
- Supporting the growth and development of Indigenous business through their participation in various construction projects.
- Seeking out joint venture/partnership opportunities.
Adhering to these core policies provides Rokstad Power an excellent opportunity to both strengthen our workforce and to support the economic development of Indigenous communities.
Rokstad Power has a long history of working successfully with Indigenous communities. We have completed over 20 projects to date that have had direct Indigenous involvement. Some of these larger projects include:
Bipole III Transmission Line
Construction of the Bipole III Transmission Line incorporated extensive involvement with the local First Nations communities located along the line. We worked with many First Nations on this project and committed to a minimum of 255,000 Indigenous hours on it, as well as a 30% overall Indigenous spend on the project. We also partnered with several locally owned Indigenous businesses to enable strong Indigenous engagement throughout the duration of the project. At the project’s conclusion, we logged over 276,208 Indigenous hours and had over 50% Indigenous employment overall on the project. We are proud to note that over 70% of our Tower Assembly crews were comprised of Indigenous individuals.
Interior to Lower Mainland Project
The Interior to Lower Mainland Transmission Line Project (ILM Project) saw extensive participation from local First Nation groups. The project traversed the territories of 61 First Nations and 6 Tribal Councils. Indigenous subcontractors did a significant portion of the clearing and access road construction work on the project.
We successfully created and implemented a Tower Assembly Training Program on the ILM project where participants from local First Nations completed their training. Many of these participants went on to work on our steel tower assembly crews. There were also individuals who completed the training program that worked on yard duties and assisted with quality assurance deliverables. Upon project completion, more than 70,000 hours of work were completed by Indigenous individuals.
Bob Quinn to Tatogga Transmission Line (Red Chris Mine)
Rokstad Power worked with the Tahltan Nation Development Corporation (TNDC) on the Bob Quinn – Tatogga Project out of Dease Lake. We hired several members of the Tahltan Nation for tower assembly and utilized the TNDC for many of our subcontracting needs. TNDC supplied and operated backhoes, graders, processors and other civil construction equipment to Rokstad Power as well.
Tsleil-Waututh First Nation
Rokstad Power and Tsleil-Waututh First Nation formed a partnership with to help satisfy BC Hydro’s Indigenous Procurement Policy. The partnership has successfully completed several projects in the Vancouver and North Shore area, and we look forward to many more years of doing excellent business together with Tsleil-Waututh.
Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc
Rokstad Power and Tk’emlups First Nation have formed a partnership to help satisfy BC Hydro’s Indigenous Procurement Policy. The partnership is currently active in the Thompson region of British Columbia, and we anticipate many more successful projects with this partner in the future.