Today, we recognize National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, and we acknowledge our role as a responsible energy developer in positively contributing to reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples and communities in Canada. As we reflect on this day, we are grateful for the strong relationships we have built, the knowledge shared, and the opportunity to learn from our partners.
For the last 26 years, we’ve operated in the traditional territories of Treaty 7 and 8. Through proactive and thoughtful engagement, we aim to strengthen our relationships, better understand each community’s unique goals and create shared value as a result of our activities. Working closely with individual communities, we can mitigate specific concerns and incorporate community feedback into our project design. Learn more about our approach to Indigenous engagement.
In partnership with Reconciliation Education, we offered Indigenous awareness training to our employees and contractors this year. Through the virtual training, employees learn more about the rich history and cultures of Indigenous communities in Canada, along with the history of residential schools. Moving forward, we will continue to enhance awareness and understanding of Indigenous cultures and history with our people.
We’re proud to support community events that commemorate the significance of National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. This year, we contributed to three Indigenous friendship centres near our operations:
In addition, ARC employees are encouraged to participate in local events to grow their understanding of the impacts of residential schools. We’ve developed a resource library of videos, books and learning materials for additional opportunities to learn more about Indigenous cultures in Canada.
As a Canadian business, we have a role to play in reconciliation and are committed to forming meaningful relationships with Indigenous communities where we operate. We recognize our business can create positive impacts through employment and contracting, community investments, and early engagement to address potential impacts. Looking ahead, we will continue to evolve our approach and listen to our community partners on how we can enhance our relationships.