ATCO is committed to breaking down employment barriers and creating a lasting legacy through programs that encourage mentorship, education and employment in Indigenous communities. The following are examples of ATCO programs specifically developed for Indigenous students:
ATCO Electric’s Aboriginal Summer Student Program provides Indigenous students with meaningful summer employment and opportunities to develop skills and gain experience that will help them in their studies and future careers.
ATCO’s Indigenous Education Awards supports Indigenous students from First Nations and Métis communities across Alberta. These awards, bursaries and scholarships are awarded to students who demonstrate leadership capabilities and strive to be role models in their schools and communities. In 2016, 29 students from 11 First Nations and Métis communities were chosen to receive an award. The students were enrolled in a range of programs, including engineering, biological sciences, arts, commerce and justice studies. Since the program was launched in 2011, 161 students have received financial support from ATCO to assist in their education.
ATCO Structures & Logistics’ Indigenous Scholarship Program is available to Indigenous students from the company’s joint-venture partner communities. Applicants are selected to receive the scholarship based on their demonstration of commitment to education, leadership capabilities and community involvement.
ATCO Structures & Logistics and ATCO Blue Flame Kitchen Red Seal Certified Chefs worked together to deliver an ATCO Kitchen Skills Program to the company’s joint venture partner communities, including the Woodland Cree First Nation near Peace River, Alberta.
ATCO is also an active participant and sponsor of the Aboriginal Relations Leadership Certificate Program at the University of Calgary. The program prepares young leaders and professionals who will interconnect with Aboriginal communities in their careers by providing them with a strong foundation of the history of Aboriginal people in Canada, as well as an overview of current issues facing these groups.
Image: 2014 recipients Danielle Lightning (left) and Danika Lightning (right) celebrate after receiving scholarships through the ATCO Pipelines Indigenous Educational Awards Program.