Our commitment to Reconciliation
We recognize that Reconciliation is about establishing and maintaining mutually respectful relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Peoples in Canada.
We are committed to building progressive relationships with Indigenous Peoples, and to ensuring we have the structure, resources and skills necessary to maintain these relationships.
We recognize the inherent and legal rights of all Indigenous Peoples to maintain their social, cultural and spiritual identities, and we recognize their connection to their traditional lands.
We’re striving to be a leader
The landscape for engagement and consultation has been changing in British Columbia and Canada, and we strive to be a leader in equitable and fair conduct with BC’s Indigenous Peoples. We are guided by milestones established by the Progressive Aboriginal Relations (PAR) certification process through the Canadian Council of Aboriginal Business, the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
We recognize the leadership of the provincial government for introducing landmark legislation that allows the principles of the United Nations Declaration to be incorporated into our provincial laws and support the province’s goal of enhancing predictability and economic opportunities, while respecting Indigenous rights.
We’re proud to have taken the first step in the PAR certification process. In 2019, we became a PAR Committed member, which means we’re striving to maintain long-term and sustainable relationships with Indigenous Peoples and find ways to continue enhancing this commitment year-over-year.
PAR is a certification program that confirms corporate performance in Indigenous relations at the Bronze, Silver or Gold level and reflects the best practices in corporate social responsibility reports found in the Global Reporting Initiative. The certification signals to communities that an organization is a good business partner, a great place to work and committed to prosperity in Indigenous communities.