Indigenous Engagement Landscape in Canada

Harnessing the Power of Indigenous Peoples


The Canadian Government supports and adopts the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP)  that outlines the basic rights of indigenous peoples that have a massive impact on how megaprojects like mining, pipelines, the Alberta oilsands, and Site C dam are proposed and approved in traditional Indigenous territory.

Building strong, sustainable and trusting relationships with First Nations is a key component for the success of development projects.

The laws mandate the recognition of indigenous land and title rights, and Bear Claw Industries is committed to respect and uphold these rights and protect our First Nations partners as we help build their nation and their own capacity through the projects we work on together.

Sustainable Impact Benefit Agreements (IBA's)


Impact Benefit Agreements (IBA's) are written based on the elements on the UN Declaration on the Rights of  Indigenous Peoples that include a formal contract outlining the impacts of the project, the commitment and responsibilities of both parties, and how the associated indigenous community will share in benefits of the operation through sustainable community development, environmental protection, employment and capacity building.

The Bear Claw Advantage

Partnering with Bear Claw Industries means that our industry partners will operate in Canada as an indigenous company and participate in development opportunities with our already-established network of indigenous partners across Canada.

In addition to the strong and well-respected indigenous leadership under Chief Rick Mclean, Bear Claw has strong partners and agents, to name a few, in the following First Nations in Western Canada, Alberta, Ontario and the “Ring of Fire” regions: Tahltan, Nisgaa, Treaty 8, Haisla, Tsleil-Waututh, Squamish, Musqueam, Coquitlam, Gitxsan, Sto:lo, Statliam, Hesquiaht, Kitselas, Metlakatla, Haida, Osoyoos, Qualicum, to name a few.

As an indigenous company, we are committed to be the main partner of First Nations communities in providing opportunities for business and capacity-building, and to maintain and preserve the interests of the community and environment with our engagement with the industry.