Indigenous Relations

We recognize the unique rights of Indigenous Peoples consistent with the principles set out in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

We actively work to address concerns and any potential operational impacts on their rights. Our Indigenous Relations Guidelines outline our commitment to working with Indigenous communities on economic development and community investment focused on wellness, education and cultural preservation.  

We foster relationships with American Indian Tribes and First Nations in the areas where we operate by partnering with local organizations, engaging leaders and participating in community programs. Listening and learning are essential to being a good partner, which is why we also provide cultural awareness training to employees. In Canada, we are committed to doing our part toward reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples as outlined in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) recommendations. 

We recognize the importance of preserving Indigenous culture and are committed to supporting cultural events across our operating areas. We encourage staff across our organization to participate and gain new perspectives on Indigenous ways of thinking and doing.

We are committed to providing all staff with opportunities to engage and learn about the cultural significance and contributions of Indigenous Peoples and promote greater understanding of our shared history. In addition to internal Indigenous awareness training, we also provide opportunities for employees to engage directly with Indigenous thought leaders to enable further dialogue and deepen employees understanding of Indigenous history, cultural distinctions and nekaneew meeskanas (forward path).

Indigenous Training

We support Indigenous inclusion through employment and procurement strategies, opportunities for training and capacity building. We also work closely with Indigenous and Tribal leaders to identify programs that help to build strong and healthy communities, as demonstrated by our investment in the Indigenous-run Clear Hills Youth Treatment Centre.

Supporting education is a cornerstone of our Indigenous strategy that provides long-term benefits for the community. Ovintiv is proud to continue providing bursaries as well as books and supplies for Indigenous students enrolled in post-secondary education in Canada and the United States as well as mentoring and tutoring programs for Indigenous high school students.

Elton Blackhair Indigenous Tribe Member Scholarship – Wasatch Academy

Ovintiv and the Wasatch Academy established a $10,000 scholarship for an Indigenous Ute Tribe member, attending the Wasatch Academy. The scholarship is named in memory of Elton Blackhair. Elton was an Ovintiv employee, a member of the Ute Indian Tribe, an academy graduate and was committed to improving relations between various tribes across the United States.

The Wasatch Academy’s mission is to educate students from diverse socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds and equip graduates with the educational foundation, personal maturity, and confidence to succeed in life.

The Ovintiv Native American Scholarship – The University of Utah

The Ovintiv Native American Scholarship will be offered annually to students from a federally recognized tribe, with a preference for students from the Ute Indian Tribe.

This scholarship will help advance the University of Utah American Indian Resource Center’s (AIRC) mission of recruiting and retaining Native American students, leading up to their graduation. The Ovintiv Native American Scholarship will provide financial aid to offset the cost of tuition and/or any other education-related expenses to promising students as selected by the AIRC Scholarship Selection Committee. The one-time award of $5,000 will be offered to five students for a total annual scholarship commitment of $25,000.

Canadian Post-Secondary Indigenous Scholarships

Ovintiv’s support for Indigenous learning in Canada has been established for several years, however we have recently created a new award at the University of Alberta and increased award amounts for our UBC Sauder School of Business and Northwestern Polytechnic scholarships.

  • University of Alberta – Five awards at $5,000 each
  • UBC Sauder School of Business – Five awards at $5,000 each
  • Northwestern Polytechnic – Five awards at $2,000 each
  • Northern Lights College – Six awards at $1,000 each

Our scholarships are open to students that are Indigenous (First Nations, Métis and Inuit) to Canada, with a preference being given to the students local to the area.

In November 2022, Ovintiv was recognized by the Ch’nook Program and the UBC Sauder School of Business for donating over $1 million in our 16 year history of support.

Field tours offer a unique opportunity for Ovintiv staff to offer a boots-on-the-ground overview of how we do our business and foster meaningful dialogue with our Indigenous partners. We learn about their interests, knowledge and concerns while providing our own insights and awareness of the areas where we operate. Tours also provide a local perspective of oil and natural gas operations and bring to life the reality of resource development, including our efforts to minimize our impacts on the air, land and water.