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Natashi Janvier participating in the NAIT Aboriginal Leadership program.

January 2017 – Collaboration. Persistence. Trust.

Through her participation in the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) Aboriginal Youth Leadership program, Natashi Janvier learned that these three ingredients – collaboration, persistence and trust – are important for individual success and for the success of her community.

A member of the Cold Lake First Nation, Natashi is one of 70 young people from five Aboriginal communities near our operations that have gone through the Cenovus-sponsored program since 2010. The week-long course is designed to help Aboriginal youth develop key business and life skills such as:

  • Leadership and facilitation
  • Effective communication and cooperative relationships
  • Project planning
  • Problem solving and decision making

 “A few of the most important learnings I took from the course are that teamwork is invaluable, always work on becoming a person you can admire and never give up, no matter what,” says Natashi. “I enjoyed being part of a program that helped me learn how to build strong relationships in my community.”

Cenovus’s partnership with Edmonton-based NAIT to deliver this program is part of our commitment to helping the communities near our operations become stronger and better off because we’re there.

“Cenovus’s support has enabled us to help students develop critical skills applicable in their personal and ultimately in their professional lives,” says Mave Dhariwal of NAIT’s Productivity Enhancement Services. “The program has received very positive feedback from students and educators.”

Each student leaves the program with a personal development plan identifying their goals and the steps they should take to reach them. In 2016, Cold Lake First Nation became the fifth community to participate in the NAIT Aboriginal Youth Leadership Program, along with Heart Lake First Nation, Bigstone Cree Nation, the Métis Nation of Alberta Region One, and Chipewyan Prairie Dene First Nation.

Program details

Visit the NAIT website for additional information on the Aboriginal Youth Leadership.

Aboriginal engagement

Find out more about how we work with Aboriginal communities near our operations in northern Alberta.

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