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.
Indigenous Awareness Training
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).
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 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 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.
Land and Water Stewardship Tours
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.