Across Canada, Stantec celebrates National Indigenous History Month

July 5, 2019

Events around the company are showcasing the unique heritage Indigenous Peoples have contributed to our society

 

At Stantec, we are committed to building and maintaining respectful and sustainable relationships with Indigenous Peoples and communities. We do this by recognizing, supporting, and respecting the diversity and distinctiveness of Indigenous cultures and histories among our employees and contractors. Our relationships with communities, and the continuous learning of the needs and desires of Indigenous Peoples, is vital to our ability to deliver effective and sustainable project design and solutions. 

Observing National Indigenous History Month is an opportunity for us to honor and celebrate the unique heritage, important accomplishments, and contributions of Indigenous Peoples—both past and present. We also take time to reflect on the shared history of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Peoples in Canada and how Stantec can participate in moving reconciliation forward.

Our offices across Canada observed National Indigenous History Month and celebrated National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21 in a variety of ways. We are proud to share some examples of how Stantec is raising awareness with our staff and creating a more inclusive workplace.

  • Ottawa: Josee Bourgeois, an Algonquin artist from the Pikwakanagan First Nation is leading a session on the topics of unceded Algonquin territory, history and modern-day realities, cultural appropriation and pow wow dancing. 

  • Thunder Bay: We are sponsoring and volunteering at the National Indigenous Peoples Day celebration at Marina Park.

  • Toronto: Our office will display the work of Indigenous artist Lisa Boivin from the Deninu K’ue First Nation.

  • Red Deer and Winnipeg: Employee screening of the Haida language feature film, Edge of the Knife, distributed by IsumaTV.

  • Edmonton: We are hosting a KAIROS Blanket Exercise and Circle of Life Blanket Exhibition and Elder Ceremony for employees. We are also displaying a Clemence Wescoupe artwork exhibition.

  • Calgary: Our 25th street office is displaying Indigenous artwork including Inuit prints and sculptures, as well as hosting sessions relating to Indigenous community engagement and project design. 

  • Victoria: The office is hosting a cultural awareness session delivered by the Indigenous Perspectives Society.

  • Burnaby and Vancouver: We are screening Indigenous films and displaying of Indigenous artwork from the Emily Carr University of Art & Design.

  • Dartmouth: Employee led session relating to community engagement and project experience working with Indigenous communities in the Atlantic region.

  • Saskatoon: Cultural awareness session and participation in the Rock Your Roots Walk for Reconciliation.

  • Regina: Display of Indigenous artifacts and local crafts, as well as traditional music and dance performances.

These are just some examples of events and observances throughout our offices in Canada to celebrate and support National Indigenous History Month. To learn more about our contact the Indigenous Relations team at IndigenousRelations@stantec.com

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