Celebrating the World’s Indigenous Peoples
Building lasting relationships with Indigenous communities has long been a hallmark of our company, everywhere we operate—from the Americas to Australia.
We are proud to recognize International Day of World’s Indigenous Peoples. As friends, neighbours, colleagues, partners, suppliers and customers, Indigenous Peoples’ diversity, rich histories and incredible contributions brighten and strengthen the fabric of our society.
Our relationships with Indigenous peoples are built on respect, transparency and trust, all in the spirit of Truth & Reconciliation and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).
In Canada, with 50 joint-venture partnerships and memorandums of understanding, we focus on creating partnerships that contribute to sustainable economic and social development—from the development and subsequent sale of world class electricity infrastructure such as Alberta Power Line to Canada’s largest off-grid solar project in Fort Chipewyan.
In addition to our projects, we engage Indigenous communities through sponsorships with organizations like the Arctic Winter Games and Spirit North, which focus on inspiring Indigenous youth through sport.
In Mexico, community partnerships are at the heart of our business. We’re privileged to have established cooperation agreements for social development with 14 local Nahuatl communities in the state of Veracruz, adjacent to our renewable energy operations. This has resulted in two key programs to date: our Children Nutrition Program, aimed at introducing nutrient-rich amaranth grain in school meals, and community workshops to build wood-burning stoves, which reduce the respiratory impacts of open fire stoves.
Education is a crucial part of reconciliation, and our partnerships with Peraj Mexico and the Instituto Tecnológico Superior de Zongolica have helped send almost 60 Indigenous students to university in the past few years. In turn, these students have paired with Indigenous elementary school students to offer mentorship and encouragement.
In Australia, our reconciliation action plan is our framework for building a better Australia by building better relationships, understanding and trust in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The Six Season Garden, located near our Clean Energy Innovation Hub in Jandakot, is an incredible cultural education tool that provides insights to the Nyoongar Culture.