Celebrating National Indigenous History Month

Every June, Canadians celebrate National Indigenous History Month as an opportunity to learn about the unique cultures, traditions and experiences of First Nations, Inuit and Métis in Canada.

​​​​​​​At Inter Pipeline we respect the cultural diversity of Indigenous Peoples, and we recognize the traditional territories and unique legal rights Indigenous People hold in Canada. Throughout the month, we’re encouraging all Inter Pipeline employees to participate in activities including tipi set-ups, lunch and learns, and local events celebrating Indigenous culture and traditions. 

We acknowledge that understanding, respect, and trust are the basis of positive lasting relationships between Inter Pipeline and Indigenous communities. We demonstrate these principles in many of the regular business activities that we undertake, but there is always room to improve and a key focus of our activities this year is to further our employees’ education and participation.
Kristen Simpson, SVP, Chief Legal, People & Sustainability
Indigenous Relations at Inter Pipeline

Over the past couple of years, we have invested a lot of energy into refining and building out our Indigenous Relations Program. At a high-level the following graphic gives a well-rounded picture of the key pillars that make up our Indigenous Relations Program – Consultation, Community, Opportunity and People.

Tipi Set-Ups and Teachings

This year, the Indigenous Relations team will be bringing Cree-style 8-foot diameter tipis to our field office locations in May and June. Our employees will learn how to set up a tipi, the meanings of each pole, and other facts about Indigenous traditions and cultures.

With a deadline by National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30, our offices will have a few months to plan how they design, paint, and decorate their tipis in a way that is meaningful to them. Examples can include handprints from employee children, or researching local tribal designs in their area, or getting a local school grade to decorate as part of an art or social studies project.

“This year we are dedicated to promoting a greater understanding and awareness amongst our employees of the unique histories and cultures of Indigenous peoples in Canada. Our aim is to promote reconciliation with Indigenous peoples by the acknowledgement of past wrongs and focus on improving relationships with Indigenous peoples and communities today and setting a standard for the future,” says Lorraine Royer, General Manager, Sustainability, Government & Indigenous Relations.

We will be showcasing all the completed tipi set-ups later this month.

Indigenous Relations

Inter Pipeline respects the cultural diversity of Indigenous Peoples, which adds to the fabric of Canadian society and recognizes the traditional territories and unique legal rights Indigenous People hold in Canada.

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