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National Aboriginal Day 2017 – Celebrating Our Indigenous Relationships

Stantec is proud to work with many diverse and amazing communities across Canada. But our involvement goes beyond just projects—we aim to build lasting relationships with the people and places that make up this multicultural nation. One of these relationships is with Indigenous communities.

Aboriginal Day Live
We support, celebrate, and partner with Indigenous communities in numerous ways through our Community Engagement (CE) program. This year, we’re excited to sponsor and take part in Aboriginal Day Live – Canada 150 (ADL 2017), a national event held on June 21 that recognizes and celebrates Indigenous cultures. Presented by Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) in conjunction with National Aboriginal Day, this special edition of Aboriginal Day Live will be co-hosted in eight major Canadian cities and broadcasted live on television and online as a seven-hour show.

As a Regional Presenting Partner, we’ll be participating in the activities organized by the main host city, Winnipeg, and seven co-hosting cities (Edmonton, Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver, and Yellowknife). One of the ways we’ll be involved is through volunteering. Many of our employees in the offices of these cities will be working behind the scenes throughout the day to support this great event.

Art in the community

Artwork by Matt Beasant, Hamilton office, courtesy of the Art Gallery of Hamilton

Another way we connect with Indigenous communities—and appreciate and understand their cultures and traditions—is through art. In honor of Aboriginal History Month and National Aboriginal Day, we have dedicated lobby space in some of our Canadian offices, including Edmonton, Fredericton, Hamilton, Moncton (Harrisville), Montreal, and Vancouver, to showcase Indigenous artists and their work throughout June (and year-round in some locations).

Artwork by Fancy Peterpaul, Fredericton office

Helping the next generation achieve its potential
Each year, we also devote a portion of our CE funds to support education in Indigenous communities. So far in 2017, our commitments have included sponsorship of the Indspire Soaring Indigenous Youth Career Conference, a scholarship for an Indigenous student to participate in the Students on Ice 2017 Arctic Expedition, and a donation to Science for Kitikmeot Youth and Educators (SKYE), which will send one top student winner from the Kitikmeot Regional Science Fair to the 2017 Canada Wide Science Festival in Regina, Saskatchewan.

At the post-secondary level, we’ve partnered with the University of Alberta to create and present the Indigenous Partnership Development Program (IPDP). This three-day program is designed to help non-Indigenous business and public sector employees understand and build stronger, more impactful relationships with Indigenous communities. In our role as a corporate founding donor, we have committed five years’ worth of funding to the program with this year being the fourth. A portion of the sponsorship includes a scholarship to attend the program. One of our employees Denise Pothier, vice president, Practice Services and Indigenous Relations (Dartmouth, Nova Scotia), recently participated in the program. Read her blog to learn more about her experience.

“Our relationships with our Indigenous communities enrich our lives, our work, and our country,” says Denise. “They inspire us to look and think beyond what we know. They can also lead us to new and creative collaborations. By celebrating these long-term relationships—and supporting the art, education, and culture within these communities—we become better together.”

For more information about our Indigenous programs, check out this video, go to our Aboriginal Partnerships page, or contact Denise Pothier.

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