Call to Action # 92: Actions and Commitments

Industry Association Commitments


Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada

2017 Policy Framework: Aboriginal Affairs one of six priorities:

  • 873 companies and organizations
  • 6,390 individuals
  • 74% membership is Canadian

2017 Policy Framework: Aboriginal Affairs one of six priorities:

  • Improving relationship between companies and communities
  • Clarifying Liberal government’s approach to fulfilling its commitment to implement UNDRIP in Canada
  • Developing improved guidance for companies related to exploration and development in areas with indigenous peoples
  • Creating an advocacy toolkit to support regional industry associations in Canada in their efforts to improve how their jurisdiction implements the Crown’s duty to consult
  • Enhancing participation
  • Advocating for investments that support Aboriginal participation in the economic opportunities created by the industry (skills training, business development, ownership)
  • Advocating for jurisdictions to adopt government resource revenue sharing mechanisms
  • Advocating for timely resolution of land claims

The Aboriginal Program at the PDAC Convention in March 2018 provides a platform for discussion on fostering cooperative, respectful and mutually-beneficial relationships between Aboriginal communities and the minerals industry. This program brings Aboriginal communities and Aboriginal-owned companies together with the industry and other interested parties to share experiences, exchange ideas and network. The Mineral Industry and Indigenous communities: Canadian and international experiencesThe Aboriginal ForumIndigenous Law and Regulatory Frameworks: the evolving landscapeBuilding Partnerships: Indigenous communities and the minerals industry

Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP)

Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers

  • 90 Producer Members 150 Associate Members

CAPP endorses UNDRIP as a framework for reconciliation in Canada. We support the implementation of its principles in a manner consistent with the Canadian Constitution and law. CAPP calls upon its member companies to ensure employees continue to receive appropriate education and awareness training regarding Indigenous Peoples in Canada. (VOLUNTARY). CAPP commitment is thoroughly dependent upon existing Canadian Law that reflects the guidance of the Supreme Court requiring the Crown to balance the interests of Indigenous Peoples with the interests of broader society

March 19, 2021

Canadian Infrastructure Bank

Canadian Infrastructure Bank

The 2021 Statement of Priorities and Accountabilities: $1B investment target

Launch of the Indigenous Community Infrastructure Initiative (ICII), which will enable the building of new infrastructure projects in Indigenous communities. The CIB Initiative will generate more investments in projects that are vital to economic growth and environmental protection with Indigenous communities across Canada.

First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities will have the opportunity to partner with the CIB to make innovative investments in projects to help address the infrastructure gap in Indigenous communities. The projects enabled by CIB investments have the potential to provide more low-carbon energy supply and enhanced energy security, reduce greenhouse gases, improve broadband connectivity, more clean and accessible water, as well as create jobs and local economic development. As part of the ICII, the CIB will tailor its innovative, low-interest and long-term financing to provide loans of at least $5 million for up to 80% of total project capital cost. Community-based revenue-generating projects can be from any of the CIB’s priority sectors: green infrastructure, clean power, broadband, public transit and trade and transportation.

July 22, 2020

Forest Stewardship Council

Forest Stewardship Council

Forest Management Standard

FSC’s new forest management standard enhances and clarifies the deep-rooted need for Free, Prior and Informed Consent (a key requirement of international human right laws), and compels all stakeholders to uphold these rights.

July 22, 2015

Forest Stewardship Council

Forest Stewardship Council

Principle 3: Indigenous Peoples’ Rights

The Organization shall identify and Uphold Indigenous Peoples’ legal and customary rights of ownership, use and management of land, territories and resources affected by management activities.

3.1   The Organization shall identify the Indigenous Peoples that exist within the Management Unit or are affected by management activities. The Organization shall then, through engagement with these Indigenous Peoples, identify their rights of tenure, their rights of access to and use of forest resources and ecosystem services, their customary rights and legal rights and obligations, that apply within the Management Unit. The Organization shall also identify areas where these rights are contested.

3.2   The Organization shall recognize and uphold the legal and customary rights of Indigenous Peoples to maintain control over management activities within or related to the Management Unit to the extent necessary to protect their rights, resources and lands and territories. Delegation by Indigenous Peoples of control over management activities to third parties requires Free, Prior and Informed Consent.

3.3   In the event of delegation of control over management activities, a binding agreement between The Organization and the Indigenous Peoples shall be concluded through Free, Prior and Informed Consent. The agreement shall define its duration, provisions for renegotiation, renewal, termination, economic conditions and other terms and conditions. The agreement shall make provision for monitoring by Indigenous Peoples of The Organization’s compliance with its terms and conditions.

3.4   The Organization shall recognize and uphold the rights, customs and culture of Indigenous Peoples as defined in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (2007) and ILO Convention 169 (1989).

3.5   The Organization, through engagement with Indigenous Peoples, shall identify sites which are of special cultural, ecological, economic, religious or spiritual significance and for which these Indigenous Peoples hold legal or customary rights. These sites shall be recognized by The Organization and their management, and/or protection shall be agreed through engagement with these Indigenous Peoples.

3.6   The Organization shall uphold the right of Indigenous Peoples to protect and utilize their traditional knowledge and shall compensate Indigenous Peoples for the utilization of such knowledge and their intellectual property. A binding agreement as per Criterion 3.3 shall be concluded between The Organization and the Indigenous Peoples for such utilization through Free, Prior and Informed Consent before utilization takes place and shall be consistent with the protection of intellectual property rights – documents

Mining Association of Canada

Mining Association of Canada

  • 39 Full Members 60 Associate Members

No comment on UNDRIP. MAC’s Aboriginal Affairs Committee was formally established in 2013 as a means of fostering continuous progress in addition to the Impact and Benefit Agreements negotiated between mining companies and Aboriginal communities since 1974. These agreements have set out such commitments as education, training, jobs, business development and financial payments to help ensure mining projects bring long-lasting benefits to Aboriginal communities. In terms of employment, the mining sector has become, proportionally, the largest private sector employer of Aboriginal people in Canada.

August 10, 2022

The NWMO publishes our first Reconciliation Report evaluating our Reconciliation journey

NationTalk: Nuclear Waste Management Organization: Through continued learning about the importance of Reconciliation and meaningful dialogue with Indigenous peoples, the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) has reached an important milestone in our ongoing Reconciliation journey.

We have just published our first Reconciliation Report (2021), which provides an evaluation of the NWMO’s Reconciliation Policy’s impacts since its formalization in 2019. Activities tracked have included mandatory staff Reconciliation training or continuous learning opportunities, informal training opportunities, staff support systems, and community-driven work plans.

Publishing this report fulfils the NWMO’s commitment to establish a Reconciliation implementation strategy that is measured annually and reported publicly to contribute to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) calls to action.

The Reconciliation Report is an important development in the NWMO’s Reconciliation journey that began in 2018, building upon a strong foundation of meaningful dialogue with Indigenous peoples since our inception in 2002. It also provides a resource for other Canadian companies to consider how they will publicly set out to contribute to Reconciliation in their work.

“Status quo hasn’t served Indigenous peoples and won’t serve them well in the future. If we’re acting in a manner that is consistent with the status quo, we will not be successful as an organization. That’s our challenge, to change the way we’re doing business to ensure we are reflecting our commitment to Reconciliation,” said Bob Watts, Vice-President of Indigenous Relations and Strategic Programs at the NWMO.

“The NWMO is grateful for the many learnings we have received from the Council of Elders and Youth so far that have led to progress. We know we have more steps to take to grow as individuals and as an organization and look forward to continuing to advance our Reconciliation journey.”

The NWMO’s Reconciliation Report highlights

Overall, the report found the NWMO’s Reconciliation Policy prompted employees to seek ways to integrate Indigenous perspectives and learnings into their work. Employees particularly expressed an appreciation for the organization’s continuous Reconciliation learning stream. To date, over 80 per cent of NWMO staff have completed the first two Reconciliation training modules, which include space for learning circles and Indigenous-led dialogue.

Additional highlights from the Annual Reconciliation Report for 2021 include:

  • 13 assessments of NWMO governing documents to ensure Indigenous voice and worldview are reflected;
  • Four projects related to Reconciliation and relationship building completed by First Nation and Métis communities in the siting region, in partnership with local municipal communities;
  • 10 per cent of NWMO staff identified as Indigenous;
  • 11 per cent of new hires identified as Indigenous; and
  • $5.2 million in Indigenous community-guided investments ($15.9 million to date).

“I have been fortunate enough to participate in a number of Reconciliation assessments at the NWMO, which prompt thoughtful dialogue on how our work is contributing to Reconciliation, if we have considered Indigenous perspectives, and how we are creating space for Indigenous voices,” said Chris Vardy, Director, Management System and Performance Improvement at the NWMO.

“At first, it was difficult to find ways of addressing these questions, but with a little effort and practice, and with the tremendous patience and support of our Indigenous Relations team, we are finding new and creative ways to really make a difference in how we approach our work.”

The report also includes feedback from an NWMO staff survey that asked employees to reflect on their understanding of Reconciliation, plus provide recommendations for how the NMWO can better support their professional and personal Reconciliation journeys.

About the NWMO’s Reconciliation journey so far

The NWMO was one of the first North American organizations with a formal Reconciliation policy, aligning our energy with other corporations that are dedicated to taking concrete action in terms of meeting the TRC’s calls to action (released in 2015). Specifically, Call to Action #92 asks Canada’s corporate sector to build respectful relationships with Indigenous peoples and provide education for management and staff on the history of Indigenous peoples, including the history and legacy of residential schools.

Since then, the NWMO has achieved several important milestones, including:

Reconciliation Statement (2018): This published statement recognizes the NWMO’s ongoing involvement, collaboration and discussions with Indigenous (First Nation and Métis) communities and all those involved with implementing Canada’s plan for the safe, long-term management of used nuclear fuel.

Reconciliation Policy (2019): As a followup to the Reconciliation Statement, in 2019 the NWMO issued a Reconciliation Policy that sets out how we will contribute to Reconciliation. Under the policy, the NWMO commits to respectful and meaningful engagement with Indigenous peoples and communities, providing cultural awareness and Reconciliation training to staff and contractors, and establishing an implementation plan.

Reconciliation Assessment Tool (2019): This tool has been used to evaluate governing policies, procedures and plans. A series of cascading questions (interrelated questions that build on each other towards a meaningful outcome) guides a Reconciliation-based learning dialogue to identify areas where Reconciliation and Indigenous Knowledge can contribute to the NWMO’s work in meaningful ways.

Reconciliation training program (2010 ongoing): As part of implementing the Reconciliation Policy, we built on our earlier cultural awareness program and created several mandatory and informal continuous learning or training opportunities for NWMO staff. To anchor this Reconciliation focus, we work with Indigenous Knowledge Holders to enhance organizational learning through meaningful discussions about Indigenous worldview and history.

About the Annual Reconciliation Report

This report was created by Reciprocal Consulting, an award-winning, Indigenous-owned research firm that we started working with in 2020. At that time, it helped us develop a Reconciliation baseline to begin measuring the steps taken by the organization to ensure Reconciliation is reflected in all our work. Throughout the process of developing the baseline, Reciprocal Consulting interviewed NWMO staff, members of the Council of Elders and Youth, key partners and other organizations in the nuclear industry to gain a comprehensive understanding of their view of the NWMO’s commitments to Reconciliation. The baseline offered recommendations that included creating opportunities for the NWMO’s commitments to Reconciliation to be more visible to the general public.

We invite Canadians and Canadian corporations to review the Reconciliation Report and learn more about the NWMO’s Reconciliation Policy.

About the NWMO

The Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) is a not-for-profit organization tasked with the safe, long-term management of Canada’s used nuclear fuel inside a deep geological repository, in a manner that protects people and the environment for generations to come.

Founded in 2002, the NWMO has been guided for 20 years by a dedicated team of world-class scientists, engineers and Indigenous Knowledge Keepers that are developing innovative and collaborative solutions for nuclear waste management. Canada’s plan will only proceed in an area with informed and willing hosts, where the municipality, First Nation and Métis communities, and others in the area are working together to implement it. The NWMO plans to select a site in 2023, and two areas remain in our site selection process: the Wabigoon Lake Ojibway Nation-Ignace area in northwestern Ontario and the Saugeen Ojibway Nation-South Bruce area in southern Ontario.

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