Indigenous spiritual and cultural beliefs are sometimes private and other times can be shared. For EPCOR, we are on an active journey of learning about Indigenous ceremonies and how to support Indigenous peoples in their practices on Treaty lands. Indigenous peoples have complex belief systems that have existed before European contact and a way at looking at the world that is distinct. Sometimes it is difficult to explain what needs to be done from a ceremonial or spiritual perspective because it may not conform to a scientific or Western perspective regarding the work ahead.
Additionally, not all ceremonies, offerings, and protocols are the same for all Nations and communities we engage and consult with across Treaties 6, 7 and 8 in Alberta.
EPCOR takes pride in reflecting the diversity of peoples and thought among employees. This means when we were faced with a request to conduct ceremony, we jumped up and said “when”?