National Indigenous Peoples Day: Creating Meaningful Partnerships Within our Communities

June 21, 2022

National Indigenous Peoples Day is an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, cultures and diverse contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.

Seaspan is grateful to operate within the traditional territories of the Coast Salish Peoples and values our relationships with neighbouring First Nations at our business and project sites including the Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh, Squamish, Haisla, Tsawwassen, Snuneymuxw, Esquimalt and Songhees Nations.

We are committed to developing respectful relationships and engaging in constructive consultation with our neighbouring First Nations. We are working towards creating meaningful partnerships including job opportunities and long-term economic benefits for local Indigenous communities connected to our projects and business activities.

Recently, Seaspan has invested, through the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation and our Shipyards and Marine Transportation businesses, in a number of educational programs, community priorities and Indigenous-focused events including:

Seaspan has also entered into a joint venture partnership with the Haisla First Nation. HaiSea Marine has been awarded a contract with LNG Canada to design, build and operate escort tugs and harbour tugs required for LNG Canada’s export facility in Kitimat, British Columbia. The 12-year contract will result in employment for approximately 70 mariners and six onshore staff, plus other roles for employees of the partner organizations. The agreement ensures members of the Haisla Nation will have access to employment, training and procurement opportunities on the contract with LNG Canada.