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 Ovintiv’s 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 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 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 strengthen the communities where we work. Supporting education is a cornerstone of our 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.

Ovintiv staff conducted a field tour with Doig River First Nation (DRFN) Land Office staff and elders to showcase our efforts to minimize our environmental impact, with a focus on water use and pipeline development in our Montney operations. The group visited our Farmington Water Hub and a pipeline right-of-way, where we had the opportunity to engage with DRFN on Indigenous interests, knowledge and concerns and providing our own insights and awareness of our operations in the area.

Indigenous Training

In 2021, Ovintiv facilitated Indigenous Awareness Training with Indigenous consultant Holly Fortier. Our employees participated in an open conversation about Indigenous history, cultural distinctions including social protocols, and discussed nekaneew meeskanas (forward path) on what Reconciliation looks like for Indigenous peoples. Employees across our operations have participated in Indigenous awareness training that supports understanding and appreciation for cultural diversity and is part of our efforts to learn about our shared history with Indigenous Peoples. 

Horse Tribe

Ovintiv was the first oil and natural gas company to invest in the development of the Clear Hills Youth Treatment Centre on the Horse Lake First Nation. This facility will be a stand-alone, independent Indigenous organization that provides land-based treatment services for youth in Alberta and across Canada. Partnering on this important project supports healing in cultural and traditional knowledge in addition to strengthening the community.