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 Pipelines’ Indigenous Education Awards program provides support to future leaders in Alberta’s First Nation communities by providing financial assistance, recognition, and encouragement that enables and inspires youth to pursue higher education. These awards, bursaries and scholarships are awarded to select students who demonstrate leadership capabilities and strive to be role models in their schools and communities. The program also aims to support students in their commitment to their studies and their eventual pursuit of careers and work that they enjoy and are passionate about. More than 100 students from across the province have received awards through this program since it began in 2011.
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.