As a company that operates across North America, EPCOR respectfully acknowledges that our work takes place on the territory and traditional lands of many Indigenous peoples. Several of our Canadian operations reside on treaty territory.
Our history is interwoven with the development of Edmonton, the histories and legacies of interaction between settlers and Indigenous peoples, and the siting of our facilities within Edmonton. The banks of the North Saskatchewan River, where both our water treatment plants are located, have been a sacred gathering place since time immemorial.
We respect the histories, languages, and cultures of First Nations, Metis, Inuit, and all Indigenous peoples across North America, whose presence continues to enrich our vibrant community.
We also recognize that we need to work collaboratively and in the spirit of reconciliation with Indigenous governments and peoples as long as we continue to operate in areas that holds these significant ties.
What we're doing
In 2019, we formed an Indigenous Relations Steering Committee, which has representation from senior leadership and Indigenous and non-Indigenous employees from across EPCOR. The committee is implementing our Indigenous Relations Strategy which contains outcomes that EPCOR should seek to achieve with respect to Indigenous peoples, communities and governments.
Together, the committee is pursuing opportunities to work with Indigenous businesses and suppliers, recruit Indigenous employees, educate our employees about Indigenous peoples and culture, and more.
We are a proud member of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business.
In September 2020, we signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Enoch Cree Nation that formalizes our commitment to working together in the spirit of reconciliation and collaboration. The agreement sets a strong foundation for both parties, creating a path forward on all projects that cause ground disturbance at the E.L. Smith and Rossdale Water Treatment Plants.
In early 2020, we partnered with the
First Peoples' House at the University of Alberta to support the success of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit (FNMI) learners until 2023.
We continue to work collaboratively with First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples for various projects underway at our operations including Rossdale and E.L. Smith.