Jun 21, 2021
Today, on National Indigenous Peoples Day, we recognize, honour, and celebrate the cultures, languages, traditions, achievements and contributions of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Peoples in Canada. It is our shared responsibility to learn and acknowledge the truth about our history and work towards a better future.
It is becoming known by Canadians, that Canada, a country regarded around the globe as a leader in progressive thought and human rights, has failed to live up to its own standards with respect to its treatment of its Indigenous Peoples.
In 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission published its findings and issued 94 “calls-to-action” respecting reconciliation between Canadians and Indigenous Peoples. Most of these calls-to-action remain unanswered today.
As a company, we are committed to doing better.
The Board of Directors and the Executive Team of ARC Clean Energy is committed to the values and actions required for reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples.
We understand that true reconciliation is not simply a statement or a gesture, but a commitment, supported by behavioural change, to move forward in partnership with Indigenous Peoples and to, wherever possible, encourage and support their ability to reclaim their identity, culture and livelihood.
We understand that words are important, but that we will be judged by our actions.
Furthermore, as a company, and as individuals, we support the implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. (UNDRIP)
We understand that Indigenous Peoples may have a collective attachment to the land, the same land upon which we seek to do business, and we understand and respect that Indigenous communities have separate organizational and governance structures and we are committed to working within this framework for the betterment of Canada, and its Indigenous Peoples.
With this in the very front of our mind, ARC Clean Energy Canada gives its heartfelt commitment to do better. We commit to always engage with Indigenous Communities in a respectful and collaborative manner that always works towards a sincere reconciliation between Canadians and Indigenous Peoples.