Truth and Reconciliation
We would like to take a moment to acknowledge that our head office is located on the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation in Hagersville Ontario, which is on the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee, Anishinabe Waki, and the Attiwonderonk.
We encourage all organizations to consider their commitments to inclusion and diversity in a meaningful way through business relationships and supporting businesses owned by certified diverse suppliers. CAMSC (Canadian Aboriginal & Minority Supplier Council) and CCAB (Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business) are two organizations which offer certification to businesses. Sourcing from companies that are certified help meet “Call to Action 92” from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada:
92. We call upon the corporate sector in Canada to adopt the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as a reconciliation framework and to apply its principles, norms, and standards to corporate policy and core operational activities involving Indigenous peoples and their lands and resources. This would include, but not be limited to, the following:
- Commit to meaningful consultation, building respectful relationships, and obtaining the free, prior, and informed consent of Indigenous peoples before proceeding with economic development projects.
- Ensure that Aboriginal peoples have equitable access to jobs, training, and education opportunities in the corporate sector, and that Aboriginal communities gain long-term sustainable benefits from economic development projects.
- Provide education for management and staff on the history of Aboriginal peoples, including the history and legacy of residential schools, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Treaties and Aboriginal rights, Indigenous law, and Aboriginal-Crown relations. This will require skills based training in intercultural competency, conflict resolution, human rights, and anti-racism.
More information on Call-to-Action 92 can be found here.
The Government of Canada is committed to increasing the participation of Indigenous businesses in federal procurement. They have set a target to have 5% of federal contracts awarded to businesses managed and led by Indigenous Peoples. The 5% target seeks to leverage government spending to help grow Indigenous businesses and improve the socio-economic conditions of Indigenous communities. This has the potential to improve the lives of not just Indigenous Peoples, but all Canadians.
More information on the 5% Procurement Mandate can be found here.