October 28, 2022
CIMA+ proudly announces implementation of its Reconciliation Action Plan
NationTalk: MONTREAL, Oct. 28, 2022 – CIMA+, one of Canada’s largest privately-owned consulting engineering firms, is proud to announce the implementation of its Reconciliation Action Plan, with the intention of advancing the company’s goal of continued collaboration with Indigenous peoples across Canada.
CIMA+ acknowledges the history and diversity of the First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples, and their contribution to Canada. Over the years, the company has partnered with Indigenous Nations, from coast to coast to coast, to successfully deliver numerous projects for the creation and maintenance of sustainable communities.
“We firmly believe that our Reconciliation Action Plan will allow us to challenge our existing approaches and determine how we can continue to do more in terms of understanding and supporting Indigenous communities,” stated Steeve Fiset, Chief Strategy Officer, CIMA+. “We strive to build strong, respectful, and trusting relationships based on truth with Indigenous partners who have generously shared their knowledge and wisdom with us. We have learned a lot by working with them to achieve common goals.”
CIMA+ firmly believes that all corporate citizens, and each and every one of us, need to take an extra step to make a difference.
As a first major initiative, CIMA+ will be partnering with Indspire, an Indigenous national charity that invests in the education of First Nations, Inuit and Métis people to help them achieve their highest potential.
CIMA+ has signed a 5-year agreement with Indspire under which $25,000 in cash scholarships will be awarded to Indigenous students to support Indspire’s mission of enriching Canada through Indigenous education and by inspiring achievement.
“It is not only important to CIMA+ that we put concepts to paper, but also that we actually ‘walk the talk’ and implement programs to give practical effect to our Reconciliation Action Plan.”
For further details, CIMA+’s Reconciliation Action Plan is available at cima.ca.
CIMA+ provides a variety of consulting engineering services, namely in the areas of buildings, infrastructure, transportation, energy and resources, project management, communication systems, and the environment. With an ever-growing presence, CIMA+’s team relies on decades of experience acquired across Canada to offer excellence in engineering projects.
The search for excellence has been part of our DNA since our foundation in 1990. This commitment has allowed CIMA+ to rank among the largest private consulting engineering firms in Canada. Today, with more than 30 offices across Canada, CIMA+ employs 2,800+ people, over half of whom share ownership in the company.
At CIMA+ we believe that engineering exists to improve the lives of those around us. Sustainable solutions inspired by engineering help meet the many challenges of today and tomorrow. Because when you engineer for people, you also engineer for a better world.
For more information, please visit cima.ca.
Indspire is an Indigenous national charity that invests in the education of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis people for the long-term benefit of these individuals, their families and communities, and Canada. With the support of its funding partners, Indspire provides financial awards, delivers programs, and shares resources so that First Nations, Inuit, and Métis students will achieve their highest potential. In 2021-2022, Indspire provided more than $23 million through 6,612 bursaries and scholarships to First Nations, Inuit, and Métis students across Canada.
For more information, please visit www.indspire.ca.
For further information: Source: Andréanne St-Pierre, Director, Marketing and Communications, Telephone: 514-348-0891, email@example.com
October 20, 2022
Denison Announces Exploration Agreement with the Ya’thi Néné Lands and Resources Office, the Athabasca Nations, and Communities of the Nuhenéné
Nationtalk: TORONTO, Oct. 20, 2022– Denison Mines Corp. (“Denison” or the “Company”) (TSX: DML) (NYSE American: DNN) is pleased to announce that it has entered into an exploration agreement (the “Exploration Agreement”) with the Ya’thi Néné Lands and Resources Office (“YNLR”), Hatchet Lake Denesułiné First Nation, Black Lake Denesułiné First Nation, Fond du Lac Denesułiné First Nation (collectively, the “Athabasca Nations”) and the Northern Hamlet of Stony Rapids, the Northern Settlement of Uranium City, the Northern Settlement of Wollaston Lake and the Northern Settlement of Camsell Portage (collectively, the “Athabasca Communities”) in respect of Denison’s exploration and evaluation activities within the traditional territory of the Athabasca Nations (the “Nuhenéné”). View PDF version
The Exploration Agreement expresses the parties’ intention to build a long-term relationship between Denison and the YNLR, Athabasca Nations, and Athabasca Communities. Denison wishes to conduct and advance its exploration activities in a sustainable manner that respects the Athabasca Nations’ Indigenous rights, advances reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, and provides economic opportunities and other benefits to the Athabasca Communities in an authentic, cooperative and respectful way.
David Cates, Denison’s President and CEO, commented that “This agreement formalizes years of work that Denison and the YNLR have undertaken together in the spirit of collaboration, resulting in several notable achievements, including the renaming of Waterbury Lake’s J Zone deposit to Tthe Heldeth Túé in honour of the Denesułiné territory in which the deposit is located. Our past and present actions demonstrate a mutual willingness to engage in positive business practices that advance reconciliation, and this Exploration Agreement further codifies how the principles expressed in Denison’s Indigenous Peoples Policy will guide our activities in the Nuhenéné into the future.”
Mary Denechezhe, YNLR Board Chair, stated that “Our communities want to participate in and benefit from projects happening on our lands, which historically has not always been the case. This Exploration Agreement will provide certainty to our Basin communities that there will be meaningful engagement on proposed projects and monitoring of exploration activities to ensure the environment and all Treaty Rights are respected. The economic benefits will help to strengthen our communities in the Basin. We acknowledge and respect Denison’s leadership in advancing reconciliation with our communities.”
The Exploration Agreement establishes a progressive and sustainable basis for maintaining a cooperative and mutually beneficial relationship between the parties, which respects the rights and interests of the YNLR, Athabasca Nations and Athabasca Communities, while supporting Denison’s exploration and evaluation activities. The Exploration Agreement includes a framework for predictable information-sharing and permitting processes, environmental protection and monitoring, as well as the sharing of benefits to support community development initiatives. Through this cooperative approach, Denison is able to obtain consent for its exploration and evaluation activities within the Nuhenéné.About YNLR and the Athabasca Nations and Communities
The YNLR is a non-profit organization owned by the Athabasca Nations of Hatchet Lake Denesułiné First Nation, Black Lake Denesułiné First Nation, Fond du Lac Denesułiné First Nation and the Athabasca Communities of the Northern Hamlet of Stony Rapids, the Northern Settlement of Uranium City, the Northern Settlement of Wollaston Lake and the Northern Settlement of Camsell Portage.
The YNLR was established in June 2016 with the mandate to promote and enhance the environmental, social, economic, and cultural well-being of current and future Athabasca residents.
Denison is a uranium exploration and development company with interests focused in the Athabasca Basin region of northern Saskatchewan, Canada. The Company has an effective 95% interest in its flagship Wheeler River Uranium Project, which is the largest undeveloped uranium project in the infrastructure rich eastern portion of the Athabasca Basin region of northern Saskatchewan. Denison’s interests in Saskatchewan also include a 22.5% ownership interest in the McClean Lake joint venture, which includes several uranium deposits and the McClean Lake uranium mill that is contracted to process the ore from the Cigar Lake mine under a toll milling agreement, plus a 25.17% interest in the Midwest Main and Midwest A deposits, and a 67.01% interest in the Tthe Heldeth Túé (“THT”, formerly J Zone) and Huskie deposits on the Waterbury Lake property. The Midwest Main, Midwest A, THT and Huskie deposits are each located within 20 kilometres of the McClean Lake mill.
Through its 50% ownership of JCU, Denison holds additional interests in various uranium project joint ventures in Canada, including the Millennium project (JCU 30.099%), the Kiggavik project (JCU 33.8118%) and Christie Lake (JCU 34.4508%). Denison’s exploration portfolio includes further interests in properties covering approximately 300,000 hectares in the Athabasca Basin region.
Denison is also engaged in post-closure mine care and maintenance services through its Closed Mines group, which manages Denison’s reclaimed mine sites in the Elliot Lake region and provides related services to certain third-party projects.
September 28, 2022
Enbridge to sell stakes in seven pipelines to Indigenous groups for $1.12 billion
The deal is the largest of its kind in North America to date, says company
Financial Post: Calgary-based Enbridge Inc. has signed an agreement with 23 First Nation and Metis communities to sell an 11.57-per-cent interest in seven pipelines located in the Athabasca region of northern Alberta for $1.12 billion.
The deal is the largest energy-related Indigenous economic partnership transaction in North America to date, the pipeline company said Wednesday.
A newly created entity called Athabasca Indigenous Investments (AII) will be responsible for the investment.
“The deal is significant because it gives all 23 Indigenous communities that are directly impacted by these assets a direct stake,” said Justin Bourque, AII president. “It positioned the communities for long-term impact now and for future generations.”
He said the deal will be funded from a mix of non-recourse financing and an equity loan of $250 million backed by a guarantee from Alberta Indigenous Opportunities Corp., a group that finances Indigenous communities seeking commercial partnerships.
Frog Lake First Nation Chief Greg Desjarlais described the deal as “historic” for communities in the region. “In addition to an opportunity to generate wealth for our people, this investment supports economic sovereignty for our communities,” he said.
Robert Merasty, executive director of the Indigenous Resource Network, said the agreement was “great news” for Indigenous communities. “We still have more work to do,” he said. “We need a national program, like the AIOC, so that agreements like this can take place all over Canada.”
The agreement is part of Enbridge’s Indigenous reconciliation action plan, which tries to boost its relationships with native communities and employees. It also fulfils the company’s goal to “recycle capital at attractive valuations,” it said.
“We believe this partnership exemplifies how Enbridge and Indigenous communities can work together, not only in stewarding the environment, but also in owning and operating critical energy infrastructure,” Al Monaco, the company’s chief executive, said in the press release.
Pipelines included in the deal are the Athabasca, Wood Buffalo/Athabasca Twin and associated tanks, Norlite Diluent, Waupisoo, Wood Buffalo, Woodland and the Woodland extension. Enbridge said these assets provide “highly predictable cash flows.”
The size of the transaction is not “particularly material” to Enbridge, Royal Bank of Canada analyst Robert Kwan said in a note to clients after the deal was announced, but he described the deal as positive because it advances the company’s engagement with Indigenous communities.\
Bank of Nova Scotia analyst Robert Hope expects more deals of “this nature” from Enbridge in the future, and said the agreement is a “slight positive” for the pipeline company.
“The transaction does not materially move our per share estimates,” he said in a note Wednesday. “We view this agreement as an example of Enbridge’s efforts to support and deepen its relationships with Indigenous communities in Canada.”
The deal is expected to close within the next month.
The agreement comes at a time when Enbridge is looking to resolve environmental issues raised by the Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Chippewa in northern Wisconsin connected to its Line 5 pipeline.
August 31, 2022
Final Site Closure Allocation Includes $10 Million for Work in First Nations Communities
Province allocates remaining funds for Accelerate Site Closure Program.
NationTalk: Today, the Government of Saskatchewan is making an additional $10 million available under the First Nations Stewardship Fund within the Accelerated Site Closure Program (ASCP). This new funding builds on the $20M already committed in January of 2021 and will result in additional abandonment and reclamation activities at inactive oil and gas sites in First Nations communities. Now totaling $30 million, the commitment to the Stewardship Fund will address a significant portion of all inactive oil and gas sites on Reserve lands across the province.
“The ASCP program and Stewardship Fund have been incredibly successful as the province has seen a large uptake in applications, with hundreds of companies cleaning up thousands of sites across the province,” Energy and Resources Minister Jim Reiter said. “The strong collaboration with the Centre of Excellence has helped ensure the program’s success through job creation and clean-up activities on Reserve lands.”
The Stewardship Fund has been well-received by Indigenous leaders, communities, and the oil and gas industry. The $10 million made available today builds on the Government of Saskatchewan’s commitment to supporting meaningful Indigenous participation in the ASCP.
“The amount of work and dedication needed to undertake this environmental work is great, and it’s essential to include First Nations on initiatives like this, further demonstrating that when the province wants to partner with First Nations, it can, and such partnerships will benefit all,” said Vice Chief Heather Bear. “This is a successful program providing good results for our environment, it ensures that our future generations will be able to exercise our inherent Treaty Rights within a sustainable environment”.
As of July 31, 2022, $17 million in site closure work on Reserve lands has been completed or is underway. This includes 320 well abandonments and 189 site reclamation and remediation activities. To date, it is estimated that 1,339 full-time equivalent jobs have been maintained or created in the oil and gas service sector through the ASCP.
A related program, the Indigenous Business Credit Pool, supports the participation of Indigenous oil and gas service companies in the ASCP. As of July 31, 2022, eligible Indigenous oil and gas service companies have completed $20.2 million in site closure work.
“This collaborative effort with the Ministry of Energy and Resources had allowed us to achieve this important objective,” President and CEO of the Saskatchewan First Nations COE Sheldon Wuttunee said. “It was priority for the Centre of Excellence and the First Nations Working Group, that there was an additional injection into the First Nations Stewardship Fund to ensure that the ASCP was able to reclaim all inactive wells and facilities nominated on First Nations lands with our Indigenous Companies doing much of the work.”
In addition to the $10 million announced today for the Stewardship Fund, the ASCP has made $3.3 million available by application to eligible oil and gas producers. As a result, all $400 million in program funding is now available for allocation.
The ASCP is a $400 million stimulus program for oil and gas service sector companies and workers and is funded through the federal government’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan. As of July 31, 2022, 413 work packages have been issued under the ASCP with a total value of $379 million. The program has engaged over 830 Saskatchewan-based service companies, completing 6,119 well abandonments, 2,964 flowline abandonments, 58 facility decommissions, and more than 11,000 site remediation and reclamation activities.
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November 29, 2022
Fortune Bay Announces Agreement with Ya’ Thi Néné Lands and Resources, Athabasca First Nations and Communities
NationTalk: HALIFAX, NS November 29, 2022 – Fortune Bay Corp. (TSXV:FOR, FWB:5QN, OTCQX:FTBYF) (“Fortune Bay” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce its conclusion of an Exploration Agreement (the “Agreement”) that formalizes the Company’s relationship with Ya’ thi Néné Lands and Resources (“YNLR”), Hatchet Lake Denesułiné First Nation, Black Lake Denesułiné First Nation, Fond du Lac Denesułiné First Nation (the “Athabasca First Nations”) and the Northern Hamlet of Stony Rapids, the Northern Settlement of Uranium City, the Northern Settlement of Wollaston Lake and the Northern Settlement of Camsell Portage (the “Athabasca Municipalities”, and together with the Athabasca First Nations, the “Basin Communities”).
The Agreement concerns Fortune Bay’s exploration and evaluation activities (the “Activities”) within the traditional territories of the Athabasca First Nations and in proximity to the Athabasca Municipalities (the “Nuhenéné”) and establishes a progressive basis for Fortune Bay, YNLR and the Basin Communities to work together to ensure that the Activities are conducted in a sustainable manner and with respect for the Aboriginal and treaty rights, title and interests of the Athabasca First Nations and protection for their traditional lands. The Agreement provides a framework for information-sharing and environmental protection and monitoring, establishes permitting review processes, facilitates the Basin Communities’ meaningful participation in the Activities by providing economic, employment and training opportunities and benefits to support community development initiatives, and confirms the Basin Communities’ consent and support for the Activities, subject to Fortune Bay’s performance of its obligations under the Agreement.
Dale Verran, CEO for Fortune Bay, commented “Fortune Bay is committed to responsible stewardship of the environment, and building meaningful, mutually beneficial relationships with project communities. We are pleased to have reached this Agreement with the Basin Communities, which formalizes those commitments and provides consent and support for our current and future activities. Through this Agreement, we look forward to building upon the relationships we have established with the communities and local businesses, as we advance our gold and uranium projects in the Uranium City area.”
Christopher Toutsaint, YNLR Board of Director for Fond du Lac Denesułiné First Nation, stated “We welcome the partnership with Fortune Bay that we are establishing through this Agreement and the mutual benefits that we will each realize. Our goal at YNLR, as protectors of the land and promoters of the people of Nuhenéné, is to ensure our communities meaningfully participate and benefit from projects happening on our lands. That is our intent and the commitment being made today with a partner that acknowledges and respects our rights.”
About Ya’ thi Néné
Ya’ thi Néné is a non-profit organization owned by the seven Athabasca Basin communities of Hatchet Lake Denesułiné First Nation, Black Lake Denesułiné First Nation, Fond du Lac Denesułiné First Nation and the municipalities of Stony Rapids, Uranium City, Wollaston Lake, and Camsell Portage. Ya’ thi Néné works on behalf of the Athabasca Basin communities to protect the best interests of the people and the land.
About Fortune Bay
Fortune Bay Corp. (TSXV:FOR, FWB: 5QN, OTCQX: FTBYF) is an exploration and development company with 100% ownership in two advanced gold exploration projects in Canada, Saskatchewan (Goldfields Project) and Mexico, Chiapas (Ixhuatán Project), both with exploration and development potential. The Company is also advancing the 100% owned Strike and Murmac uranium exploration projects, located near the Goldfields Project, which have high-grade potential typical of the Athabasca Basin. The Company has a goal of building a mid-tier exploration and development Company through the advancement of its existing projects and the strategic acquisition of new projects to create a pipeline of growth opportunities. The Company’s corporate strategy is driven by a Board and Management team with a proven track record of discovery, project development and value creation.
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September 22, 2022
Hydro One launches industry-leading 50-50 equity model with First Nations on new large-scale transmission line projects
NationTalk: TORONTO, Sept. 22, 2022 – Today, in partnership with First Nation leaders from across Ontario, Hydro One announced its new industry-leading equity partnership model with First Nations on new capital transmission line projects with a value exceeding $100 million. Hydro One’s equity model will offer First Nations a 50 per cent equity stake in all future large scale capital transmission line projects and will transform the benefits of infrastructure development for First Nation communities for generations to come.
“For too long, First Nations have borne the impacts of infrastructure development in their traditional territories without seeing the benefits. We recognize that we did not always get it right, and this equity model signals a significant shift in how Hydro One will work with First Nations,” said Megan Telford, Chief Human Resources Officer, Hydro One. “For our collective success we must continue to push existing boundaries. Hydro One is committed to its journey of taking meaningful action to advance Reconciliation and we will continue to listen to and learn from Indigenous communities with a focus on building trusting and long-lasting relationships.”
Hydro One launches industry-leading 50-50 equity model with First Nations on new large-scale transmission line projects
This announcement follows the signing of an agreement in the spring with eight First Nations represented by Gwayakocchigewin Limited Partnership (GLP) for the Waasigan Transmission Line project. As an example of the new partnership model, this agreement provides the First Nations represented by the GLP with the opportunity to invest in an equity stake in the project. In total, nine First Nations will have the opportunity to invest in 50 per cent of the Waasigan Transmission Line project, which will bolster capacity and support economic growth in northwest Ontario.
This model will also apply to the five transmission lines Hydro One is developing in southwest Ontario. The Minister of Energy recently directed the Ontario Energy Board to amend Hydro One Networks Inc.’s transmission license to develop four transmission lines to meet growing electricity demand and grow the economy in southwest Ontario. This is in addition to Hydro One’s previous transmission designation for the Chatham to Lakeshore line in 2020.
Hydro One has also committed to increasing its Indigenous procurement spend to 5 per cent of all materials and services by 2026 and ensuring that 20 per cent of its corporate donations and sponsorships support Indigenous communities.
“Gwayakocchigewin’s partnership agreement with Hydro One on the Waasigan Transmission Project provides a tremendous opportunity for our First Nations in northwestern Ontario, and demonstrates the right approach to Indigenous Participation. In addition to the economic benefits of ownership, our eight First Nations can work closely with Hydro One to ensure responsible development of this Project, including the protection of the land, waters and our traditional way of life. We commend Hydro One for its progressive vision towards a new relationship with First Nations.”
– Tom Johnson, President of Gwayakocchigewin Limited Partnership
“Hydro One’s new equity partnership model is a significant milestone in the journey of Reconciliation and rebuilding economic prosperity for the Lac des Mille Lacs First Nation. Our Nation is committed to working collaboratively with Hydro One, and other partners, to develop sustainable energy projects that balance our First Nation’s economic, environmental, and social values. We congratulate everyone who has worked on this new model which offers significant benefits to the First Nations in the form of shared decision-making with respect for our cultural protocols and traditional lands.”
– Chief Whitecloud, Lac des Mille Lacs First Nation
“The Chippewas of the Thames First Nation (“COTTFN”) would like to congratulate Hydro One on its announcement to establish a 50 per cent equity precedent for First Nation ownership of transmission projects, including projects impacting shared Treaty lands. The announcement marks a meaningful commitment to a mutually beneficial relationship that will evolve over many years and projects. This equity offering represents a historic opportunity to generate long-term economic benefits to our Nation that will contribute to an increased quality of living for our members. We look forward to continuing to build on our positive relationship with Hydro One on current and future projects.”
– Chief Jacqueline French, Chippewas of the Thames First Nation
“Today’s announcement by Hydro One is a major step toward true and meaningful economic Reconciliation with Indigenous Nations impacted by electricity transmission projects in Ontario. First Nations Major Projects Coalition is pleased to be supporting our members Chippewas of the Thames First Nation and Aamjiwnaang First Nation whose treaty lands are impacted by these projects. We are appreciative of the collaborative approach taken by Hydro One in establishing this historic precedent – it is one that should be emulated by other transmission infrastructure providers across Canada.”
– Niilo Edwards, Chief Executive Officer of the First Nations Major Projects Coalition.
“Today marks a significant step towards reconciliation for Ontario First Nations. This new opportunity for partnership with Hydro One that will see First Nations benefit equally in future transmission line development. For far too long, First Nations have not had access to these types of partnerships and today marks an exciting change and I am proud of the community Leaders who have worked with Hydro One to reach this milestone!”
– Glen Hare, Ontario Regional Chief
“Hydro One’s new policies recognize and support the economic sovereignty and land and water stewardship of our communities. Our Three Fires Confederacy territory within Southwestern Ontario is the cradle of a new clean energy renaissance. I am excited to see our Three Fires nations come together to grow Ontario into a world class business destination based on collective economic prosperity and ecological stewardship.”
– Ogiimaa Jason Henry, Chippewas of Kettle and Stony Point First Nation
“Caldwell First Nation is proud to be a partner with Hydro One in making sure communities and businesses in our treaty lands get the energy they need to grow and thrive. The economic benefits that come with infrastructure ownership are game changing for the Three Fires Nations in southwestern Ontario, and for everyone who lives and works here.”
– Chief Mary Duckworth, Caldwell First Nation
“I want to congratulate Hydro One on its new equity partnership model with First Nations communities for new large scale transmission projects. New transmission lines are critical to supporting electrification and the economic wellbeing of our province, and First Nations are critical partners in collectively achieving those goals.”
– The Honourable Todd Smith, Minister of Energy
“The new equity model demonstrates a deep and long-term commitment to creating a strong partnership between Hydro One and Ontario First Nations communities. These relationships built on trust will transform the benefits of infrastructure development for future generations for years to come.”
– The Honourable Greg Rickford, Minster of Northern Development and Minister of Indigenous Affairs
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Our team of approximately 9,300 skilled and dedicated employees proudly build and maintain a safe and reliable electricity system which is essential to supporting strong and successful communities. In 2021, Hydro One invested approximately $2.1 billion in its transmission and distribution networks, and supported the economy through buying approximately $1.7 billion of goods and services.
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November 22, 2022
Indigenous E3: an SNC-Lavalin Partnership to Support Indigenous Socio-Economic Development in Canada
NationTalk: MONTREAL: SNC-Lavalin (TSX: SNC), a fully integrated professional services and project management company with offices around the world, is pleased to announce the launch of Indigenous E3, a special purpose limited partnership formed between SNC-Lavalin and Indigenous Community and Engagement (ICE), a leading firm in Indigenous stakeholder engagement that specializes in developing Reconciliation-rooted approaches to advance Indigenous socio-economic development in Canada.
“When I signed SNC-Lavalin’s Commitment to Indigenous Peoples in 2020, it was with the full intention of embedding those principles into everything we do,” commented Ian L. Edwards, President and Chief Executive Officer, SNC-Lavalin. “As stewards of the natural and built environment, we can engineer better lives, and greater prosperity for people around the world. That includes for Indigenous communities, where we are undertaking a broad-based effort to increase collaboration and partnering on initiatives like Indigenous E3 to create generational prosperity.”
“E3” refers to “Earth, Environmental and Engineering”. Indigenous E3 (IE3) will work to identify and deliver projects that support Indigenous advancement and long-term prosperity. IE3 will enable Indigenous communities to access SNC-Lavalin’s unique end-to-end capabilities on projects that include Indigenous ownership set-asides for bidders, while also strengthening SNC-Lavalin’s ability to successfully win and deliver Indigenous-endorsed projects where ownership considerations are not a requirement, but where the specialized expertise of an Indigenous-engagement firm will be materially additive to the Company’s ability to win and execute work for Canada’s Indigenous peoples.
While Indigenous E3 will initially focus on assisting communities on mandates falling within the delivery of SNC-Lavalin’s Engineering Services group, the partnership will bring the expertise of the entire company to both where and how Indigenous groups need it, across all of SNC-Lavalin’s business lines. The Company’s ability to deploy its global expertise locally to public and private clients will be replicated for Indigenous partners, with our leading capabilities delivering solutions across transportation, buildings & places, industrial & mining, water, power & renewables, defense, and nuclear made available.
“We are all Treaty people, and we all have a part to play in continually strengthening the way our Company, and society at large, interacts with Indigenous communities,” said Ben Almond, CEO, Engineering Services Canada, SNC-Lavalin. “But it’s important to recognize what we can do well ourselves, and what we can do better when we bring Indigenous partners to the table with us. We know that well-engineered communities — ones that have good transportation systems, dependable energy grids and transmission networks, robust social and housing infrastructure, reliable utilities, and developed commercial infrastructure to support advanced industries —are prosperous communities. With Indigenous E3, we are staying true to our mission of engineering a better future for our planet and its people.”
“As a Certified Aboriginal Business, I see a lot of potential for career opportunities for Indigenous professionals such as technicians, engineers, and environmental scientists,” said Derek Chum, VP of Strategy and Growth at Indigenous Community and Engagement. “The national reach of Indigenous E3 will help get our current and future Indigenous team members exposure to new and exciting projects across Canada. Economic reconciliation will only be realized when Indigenous companies are given the opportunities to bid in the corporate and public sectors. With the federal government’s commitment to create a new target to have at least 5% of federal contracts awarded to Indigenous businesses, we believe we are one among many Indigenous enterprises ready to respond.”
Broader Approach to Indigenous Relations
SNC-Lavalin’s Indigenous Relations program is a core part of the Company’s strategy. It supports our commitment to establishing and maintaining mutually respectful and meaningful relationships between Indigenous communities, our clients and our Company. Some of SNC-Lavalin’s initiatives through our Indigenous Relations program include:
- Being independently certified as a procurement champion from Indigenous-owned business in Canada, by the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business
- Volunteering our expertise and assistance in Ground Penetrating Radar technology — an effective tool to identify possible locations of burial sites — to Indigenous communities to help bring a degree of closure and peace for families impacted by the legacy of the residential school system in Canada
- Supporting the success of the next generation of Indigenous youth with ongoing annual funding of multiple academic bursaries and scholarships
- Requiring all Canadian-based SNC-Lavalin employees to enroll in comprehensive training to improve awareness and understanding of Indigenous history and communities
SNC-Lavalin has undertaken multiple notable projects for and with Indigenous communities in Canada. Click here to read more about some of this work.
Founded in 1911, SNC-Lavalin is a fully integrated professional services and project management company with offices around the world dedicated to engineering a better future for our planet and its people. We create sustainable solutions that connect people, technology and data to design, deliver and operate the most complex projects. We deploy global capabilities locally to our clients and deliver unique end-to-end services across the whole life cycle of an asset including consulting, advisory & environmental services, intelligent networks & cybersecurity, design & engineering, procurement, project & construction management, operations & maintenance, decommissioning and capital – and delivered to clients in key strategic sectors such as Engineering Services, Nuclear, Operations & Maintenance and Capital. News and information are available at snclavalin.com or follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter.
November 21, 2022
Ontario Power Generation (OPG) on track for 2022 Reconciliation Action Plan goals
Company committed to meaningful, measurable actions
Canadian Council of Aboriginal Business: CISION – TORONTO – One year after announcing its first-ever Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), Ontario Power Generation (OPG) is on track to meet 2022 goals, and remains committed to listening to and learning from Indigenous Nations, communities, businesses and other organizations.
First released in late 2021, OPG’s multi-year plan includes a number of goals aimed at meaningfully advancing reconciliation. Key to the plan is a pledge to grow OPG’s economic impact for Indigenous communities and businesses to $1 billion over 10 years.
While a great deal of work remains, one year after announcing its plan, OPG is on track to complete all of its 2022 goals, including:
- Delivering more than $75 million in economic benefits to Indigenous communities and businesses, with $56 million in Indigenous procurement and approximately $20 millionin distributions from our equity partnerships with Indigenous partners,
- Hiring skilled Indigenous employees through our Indigenous Opportunities Network, and
- Establishing a Reconciliation Knowledge Hub to increase knowledge, understanding and learning among OPG employees.
Read the 2022 Reconciliation Action Plan update.
- All of OPG’s generating assets are located on the treaty lands and traditional territories of Indigenous peoples across the province.
- Other goals of OPG’s RAP include:
- Increasing Indigenous representation at all levels across OPG; and
- Strengthening environmental stewardship and improving awareness and understanding of Indigenous culture, history and perspectives within the company.
- The RAP is aligned with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call to Action #92, which urges corporate Canada to create a better future by applying a reconciliation framework to business activities.
“OPG is cognizant that our operations have had an impact on Indigenous people and their lands, and we are determined to seek meaningful ways to demonstrate reconciliation, as we have through our RAP,” said Jennifer Tidmarsh, OPG Vice President, Indigenous Relations and Partnerships. “While we are proud of how far we have come on our journey, we acknowledge there is still much more we need to do. The RAP is a guide and a commitment to ensure our journey continues.”
“OPG continues to build mutual trust and respect with Indigenous peoples by strengthening partnerships and building on goals set out in their Reconciliation Action Plan,” said Tabatha Bull, President and CEO, Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB). “Congratulations OPG on reaching your 2022 goals, setting a high standard, and for your commitment on maintaining gold-level certification in CCAB’s Progressive Aboriginal Relations™ program.”
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December 6, 2022
Ring of Fire Metals and Webequie First Nation Sign Memorandum of Understanding on Ring of Fire Development
NationTalk: TORONTO– Ring of Fire Metals (RoFM) and Webequie First Nation (Webequie) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) outlining a framework for collaboration on proposed development in the Ring of Fire.
The MOU details how the two parties will work together to progress ongoing exploration activity in the region as well as negotiations on a partnership agreement for the proposed Eagle’s Nest mine.
Webequie Chief, Cornelius Wabasse, said “As leaders and critical decision makers, we have a social responsibility with our members and that is to find ways to sustain our community through long term relationship agreements that will bring and foster livelihood.
“We are exercising our sovereignty and the right to pursue economic sustenance in a manner that respects the land and brings opportunity for our young people.
“Our community encourages ongoing working relationships with Ontario and Federal Government, including First Nations, to work with us and support our community initiatives.”
RoFM Acting CEO, Stephen Flewelling, said the landmark MOU was an important step forward in their long-standing relationship of more than 12 years.
“We have worked well with Webequie for many years, but this MOU signifies a formal transition to a new phase of collaboration on the future of the Ring of Fire,” he said.
“Canada has a once-in-a-generation opportunity to develop the critical minerals the world needs to decarbonize, and it’s vital that Indigenous communities play a central role in how these projects are developed on their traditional territories.
“This MOU demonstrates our commitment to work together with Webequie to develop projects based on shared values, sustainable opportunities for economic and community development and collaborative decision making.
“It reflects our approach to developing critical mineral projects that deliver mutual, long-term benefits for Webequie community members with a deep respect for their culture and land.”
Ring of Fire Metals’ Eagle’s Nest project is one of the largest undeveloped, high-grade nickel-copper-platinum-palladium deposits in the world, located in the Ring of Fire region of Northern Ontario. Eagle’s Nest will have an initial mine life of 11 years with the potential for a nine-year extension.
Note to editor: High-resolution images from the MOU signing event are attached or available upon request to Leanne Franco (contact details below).
For further information: Webequie First Nation Contact: Chief Cornelius Wabasse, firstname.lastname@example.org, P: 807-353-6531 Ext 227; Ring of Fire Metals Contact: Leanne Franco, email@example.com, M: +61 447 494 474 (Australia)
November 22, 2022
TELUS launches fourth annual Indigenous Reconciliation & Connectivity Report
NationTalk: Vancouver, Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Territories – Today, TELUS released its fourth annual Indigenous Reconciliation & Connectivity Report, detailing how the company embeds Reconciliation within its business, and sharing inspiring stories of connectivity and modern technology enabling transformative outcomes for Indigenous businesses and communities. Last year, TELUS was the first technology company in Canada to launch a public Indigenous Reconciliation Action Plan, and remains committed to Indigenous engagement as a cornerstone of its actions moving into 2023 and beyond.
“Connecting Indigenous communities is so much more than building cell towers and laying fibre-optic cables, it also means developing meaningful relationships built on openness, trust and reciprocity, and harnessing the limitless possibilities enabled by our world-leading networks to create better health, education, economic and cultural outcomes,” said Tony Geheran, Executive Vice-president and Chief Operations Officer for TELUS. “Indigenous-led solutions with lasting impacts, such as those highlighted throughout this report, are key to our Reconciliation efforts at TELUS, and we are privileged to collaborate with Indigenous leaders, organizations and governments as we work towards a future where all Indigenous communities are connected.”
TELUS’ Indigenous Reconciliation Action Plan is underpinned by four pillars with measurable targets and timelines. Key milestones for 2022 include:
- Connectivity: In partnership with Indigenous governments, TELUS connected 12 more Indigenous lands to broadband Internet in 2022. Now, more than 83% of homes, small businesses, and governing bands on Indigenous land can access high-speed internet and participate in digital tools.
- Enabling social outcomes: The Indigenous Communities Fund provided $100,000 in grants to five Indigenous-led organizations, focused on mental health and well-being; language and cultural revitalization; access to education; and community building. Another $100,00 will be allocated to additional projects by the end of 2022.
- Cultural responsiveness & relationships: In partnership with the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, and Indigenous artist Carey Newman (Hayalthkin’geme), TELUS committed $1 million to launch the digital Witness Blanket project to further amplify truth-telling from Indigenous voices and Survivors about the residential school system.
- Economic Reconciliation: The TELUS Pollinator Fund for Good invested $6 million in Indigenous-owned for-profit companies.
“Partnerships between network providers and government at all levels are essential for removing the barriers Indigenous communities face to digital connection and unlocking our increased economic potential,” said Chief Joe Alphonse, Tribal Chair of Tŝilhqot’in Nation and Chief for Tl’etinqox Government. “Our nation continues to partner with TELUS to seek funds from the federal government to ensure our people and visitors alike can stay safe and connected.”
To ensure Indigenous ways of knowing are represented in TELUS’ Reconciliation Action Plan, TELUS established an Indigenous Advisory Council consisting of Indigenous leaders, subject matter experts and Elders, to provide ongoing guidance on the implementation of the company’s commitments and targets. The Indigenous Advisory Council is guided by Luc Lainé of the Huron-Wendat Nation, Shani Gwin of Métis Nation Alberta, Carol Anne Hilton of Hesquiaht Nation, and Dr. Kim van der Woerd of ‘Namgis First Nation. In addition to these members, the council will be adding up to six new members in 2023.
“Our team brings our lived experience as Indigenous People, our knowledge and understanding to help guide and develop respectful, honest and kind approaches,” said Shani Gwin, Founder and Managing Partner of pipikwan pêhtâkwan. “I come to this advisory council in the same way, ready to listen, understand, make thoughtful recommendations and also ensure Indigenous ways of knowing and doing are not forgotten throughout the process.”
Last year, TELUS provided relief to Indigenous communities affected by the fires, floods and mudslides across B.C. Its network team worked around the clock to maintain and repair service to keep customers connected, donated hundreds of mobile devices, and delivered more than 8,650 pounds of food and essential goods including PPE by boat, car and helicopter to residents in need.
“Chawathil qas te TELUS Lexw síyó:les, in our Halq’eméylem language, means Chawathil and TELUS working as one,” said Chetlámetleqw (Norman Florence), Chief of Chawathil First Nation. “TELUS asked what we needed and supplied us with the resources to support our members and to those who we welcomed who were displaced. We are grateful to TELUS’ swift action and meaningful approach in prioritizing the needs of our community members. Létsemōt, ‘one heart, one mind’, does come to mind on the gratitude and efforts they have provided our Nation.”
To learn more about TELUS’ commitment to Reconciliation and to read the 2022 Indigenous Reconciliation and Connectivity Report, visit telus.com/reconciliation.
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