The Giving Tree is a traditional Métis story that illustrates an important life lesson.
From the eyes of little boy Moushoom, the tale describes a tree that, for generations, was used as a place for Métis travellers to store food, moccasins, tools and other items needed on a long journey. Any weary traveller who came upon the tree was welcome to take something, but was required to replace what they took with something new.
The story is part of the oral traditions used by elders to pass on history, values and lessons from one generation to another. The Giving Tree was meant to teach the value of reciprocity, sharing, honesty and the delicate balance of give and take.
A respectful dialogue
Just like the Giving Tree, any meaningful dialogue with others is about being open and receptive to what they bring to the table, sharing ideas and opinions, and respecting that balance of a reciprocal relationship.
This philosophy is at the heart of what TransCanada is looking to accomplish with our public consultations on the Energy East Pipeline. We are committed to honest, two-way conversations about the pipeline that will transport oil from Western Canada to Quebec and New Brunswick.
Listening to communities
Through open houses, meetings, face-to-face discussions around kitchen tables or in community centres across the country, our aim is to nurture meaningful, thoughtful dialogue oriented towards listening, understanding and ultimately building productive relationships.
Acting on feedback
These conversations have shaped a number of changes in our original Energy East project. For instance, we’ve made close to 700 changes to the proposed pipeline route, which address issues such as environmental protection as well as specific concerns raised by landowners and municipalities.
As Energy East moves forward, we will continue to listen and provide accurate information to all those involved and use a two-way communication process. For us, it’s not just about building pipelines. It’s about building strong and lasting relationships.