Nurturing seeds of connection and opportunity
We are committed to supporting Indigenous Peoples and building long-term, mutually-beneficial relationships.
We recognize that Indigenous groups have a long history with the land on which our assets are located. Within Canada, Indigenous Peoples have inherent treaty rights, and we work closely with them as growing partners in our activities.
Our efforts are guided by the following principles:
- Seek to understand the unique history, traditions, culture, and perspectives of the respective Indigenous communities with whom we interact.
- Actively listen and learn to enable transparent, open dialogue and facilitate timely and meaningful consultation.
- Collaboratively support opportunities to encourage positive outcomes within Indigenous communities, including training, employment, and business opportunities related to our activities.
As we move ahead, we are focused on building strong relationships based on shared values and maximizing Indigenous participation in our business operations, new ventures, subcontracting, and social investments.
Our journey towards Reconciliation
The work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada helped shine a light on the harm done to Indigenous Peoples in Canada, challenge preconceived beliefs, and open a path to healing through their 94 Calls to Action. All Canadians have a role to play in these efforts, and we have started to explore how Keyera can meaningfully contribute to the advancement of Indigenous inclusion and Reconciliation.
To ensure we act respectfully and thoughtfully, we are building a Reconciliation Action Plan with the help of external practitioners and input from Indigenous advisors.
Our process includes internal reflection circles, knowledge-building sessions, and a review of our practices. We are excited about where this journey will take us and how it will help deepen our commitment to support and collaborate with First Nations and Métis communities.
Business Involvement Contributing to the resiliency of Indigenous businesses
Our commitment to supporting the resilience of Indigenous communities includes seeking opportunities to assist capacity building through education, training, and work experience, and strengthening the involvement of Indigenous businesses in our supply chain. We encourage First Nations and Métis communities to participate in procurement and employment opportunities, as well as support professional development, skills training, and mentorship.
KAPS: A project in collaboration
We have witnessed a significant increase in our engagement and collaboration with Indigenous communities since beginning our KAPS pipeline project. We have engaged affected Indigenous communities to complete traditional land use studies and environmental monitoring along the pipeline right-of-way. With support of local Indigenous experts, we have conducted 134 traditional land use assessments, intended to align our activities with Indigenous treaty rights and traditional activities have been completed. Knowledge gained from these studies guided our impact mitigation measures during construction, which began in 2021.
Investing in Indigenous youth
We've committed to support Indigenous Peoples and will continue to do so by respecting Indigenous land and culture, building capacity within communities, and contributing to the resiliency of Indigenous businesses.
However, we believe that the next generation of Indigenous Peoples will bring about the most change as they shape our future. That is why, through our – Indigenous Reconciliation Social Investment pillar – we are investing in Indigenous youth with the help of non-profit organizations.
Our partnership with the Alberta Native Friendship Centre Association supports the creation of a culturally informed and safe toolkit of resources that will support urban Indigenous youth to speak truth about reconciliation. The toolkit will be grounded in culture and will be developed with the guidance of Elders from across many Nations. This resource will lay the foundation for youth to become facilitators of authentic knowledge and wisdom. Based on the fundamental belief that there needs to be truth before there can be reconciliation, the toolkit will share and connect communities with wisdom on the path towards reconciliation.
By partnering with Indspire, Keyera is helping support a Building Better Futures Scholarship Program to enable and inspire Indigenous students to reach their full potential. Indspire is a national Indigenous registered 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. Indspire’s vision is to enrich Canada through Indigenous education and by inspiring achievement.
We are partnering with Kids Help Phone to support the Finding Hope program – an Action Plan for Supporting First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Young People. Keyera sees mental health as a critical component of a person’s wellbeing and supports Kids Help Phone’s efforts to maximize Indigenous access to counselling, crisis response and supports for mental, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing.
Indigenous awareness training
Trusting relationships are built on genuine understanding and respect. It’s for this reason that we provide all of our employees and contractors with Indigenous Awareness Training. By engaging with the history and present realities of Indigenous Peoples, our employees and contractors grow in their ability to collaborate with the Indigenous workforce on our operational sites and in their daily lives. For many, this is a transformational experience, and enables us to approach our projects and daily operations with greater understanding and a richer cultural perspective.
Seeds of Connection represents Keyera's commitment to working together to grow relationships with Indigenous Peoples, communities and organizations to plant seeds of opportunity and collaboration in support of knowledge sharing, healing, sustainability and long-term growth.
We share our gratitude with Shaun Vincent, an Indigenous artist who designed this artwork, Seeds of Connection. He was inspired by Indigenous Peoples’ way of life that as the land cares for people, people also care for the land with respect and balance for all living things. The flowers symbolize connection to the land, as well as Keyera’s journey to grow our understanding of the truths of history and support for Indigenous Reconciliation and inclusion.
Carefully researched and purposefully selected, the six flowers grow locally in Alberta across traditional territories where Keyera operates.
Together they symbolize foundational elements of our learning journey and engagement with Indigenous communities, including: coming together, building enduring unions, supporting healing, collaborating to build good fortune and opportunity, protecting the land, and supporting the resiliency of Indigenous communities.
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