Today we celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day, an opportunity to recognize and reflect on the important heritage, diverse cultures and contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. For many generations, Indigenous peoples and communities have celebrated their culture and heritage on or near this day due to the significance of the summer solstice as the longest day of the year. Our Indigenous partnerships are a key component of our business and we’re proud of the relationships we have built.
For over twenty years, we’ve worked alongside Indigenous communities providing expertise, financial support and training, so that the communities could benefit from the building of economic development within their Traditional Territories. What began with one successful limited partnership with a group of Saskatchewan Dene First Nations has grown into a host of powerful agreements with Indigenous communities across the Western Canadian provinces.
One way we’ve demonstrated our commitment to Indigenous communities is through the West Totem Collab and the creation of a Totem Pole showcasing five values: Partnership, Integrity, Family, Resilience and Vision. Earlier this month it was auctioned off and we’re honoured to have the Totem Pole stand with Graham.
“I’m proud to have the Totem Pole passed to Graham”, says Chief Ray Natraoro, Squamish-based master carver of the beautifully crafted Totem Pole. “With Graham, we celebrate the Totem Pole named “Xaays”, meaning “Transformation” in Squamish language, as a symbolic relationship to continue the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada with all Indigenous communities and Canadian society.”
On this National Indigenous People’s Day, the Totem Pole represents our commitment to building mutually beneficial opportunities for economic and community development with Indigenous groups. Furthermore, we’re proud to offer educational and training programs to all our employees so we can continue to learn, grow and build our relationships with Indigenous communities.