Indigenous Communities

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Respecting communities and cultures to foster and grow potential

Our approach to Indigenous communities

Many of BHP Billiton’s businesses operate on or near Indigenous lands.

BHP Billiton’s operations embrace respect, nurture mutually beneficial relationships and provide opportunities for inclusion and advancement of Indigenous peoples. The Company supports its employees by providing cross-cultural training, promoting opportunities to participate in cultural events, respecting Indigenous cultural protocols and cultural heritage, and supporting education, training, employment and business development. BHP Billiton also aims to identify who is connected to and uses the land in order to establish an effective community consultation and engagement program.

We develop community investment programs that respond to local needs and situations in an ethical manner that recognises traditional rights and values; and respects cultural heritage.

We provide tailored training and employment programs and support the development of Indigenous-owned businesses. We provide scholarships and a range of educational and training opportunities and invest in projects to promote socio-economic and cultural well-being leading to improved quality of life.

Supporting Indigenous communities

Opportunities Agreement with three First Nations: Canada Opportunities Agreement with three First Nations: Canada

BHP Billiton Potash signed an Opportunities Agreement in October 2013 at the Jansen Project with three First Nations – Kawacatoose First Nation, Day Star First Nation, and Muskowekwan First Nation – in the Treaty No. 4 Territory of Saskatchewan, Canada. The first of its kind in the Potash Industry, the agreement creates a relationship between the parties that will enable mutually beneficial opportunities in employment, business and community development.

Learn more about the Opportunities Agreement in Canada (PDF 711 kb)