Honoring traditional ecological knowledge
As part of developing the
Vegetation Management Plan, EPCOR asked interested Indigenous Nations to form a Traditional Ecological Knowledge working group to provide meaningful input to vegetation management at the two Water Treatment Plant sites.
In the first half of 2023, EPCOR held several meetings to walk the sites, discuss shared values and naturalization strategies, and gather feedback to ensure these lands were cared for. We are now incorporating this advice into our vegetation management plan, which will target a return to a natural Prairie Parkland ecoregion as appropriate. There is also a strong desire for harvestable berries and ceremonial sites for Indigenous teachings.
All together, we reached out to more than 30 Nations to engage on vegetation and construction, and have held four pipe ceremonies at the Rossdale Water Treatment Plant so far to help ensure we are moving forward in a good way.