Recognizing the third annual National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

 

September 2023 – In Canada, September 30 marks National Day for Truth and Reconciliation – a day that honours the Indigenous children who never returned home from residential schools and those who survived, as well as their families and communities. The day coincides with Orange Shirt Day, an Indigenous-led, grassroots day to commemorate and raise awareness of the tragic history of residential schools and show a collective commitment to ensure that Every Child Matters.

To acknowledge this important day and to give our Cenovus Energy staff the opportunity to increase their understanding of Indigenous culture, our Indigenous Community Sharing Circle (ICSC) employee network and Community & Indigenous Affairs team organized multiple ways to for staff to get involved.

“We’ve come up with simple, interactive ways for staff to commemorate the day and show their support,” says Andrea Louise, Indigenous Inclusion Advisor at Cenovus. “From wearing an orange shirt to participating in a virtual Kairos Blanket Exercise, there are many ways for everyone to learn about the history and culture of Indigenous peoples.”  

“This year we’ve also launched a challenge through our employee giving and volunteering program, Cenovus Cares, where staff are encouraged to complete activities to learn more about the meaning behind National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and the steps we can take towards reconciliation,” shares Andrea. “For each individual activity completed, Cenovus will make a donation to Indspire, a national Indigenous charity that invests in the education of First Nations, Inuit and Métis people, and at the end of the challenge, our collective efforts will prompt a larger corporate donation.”   

Beyond awareness activities, our Community & Indigenous Affairs team deeply supports reconciliation efforts and works closely with neighbouring Indigenous communities in our operating areas to meaningfully include them in our business. 

“We believe advancing Indigenous reconciliation means taking meaningful action,” says Trent Zacharias, Director, Community & Indigenous Affairs. “Whether it be through our day-to-day reconciliation efforts, or through participating in these activities to show their support, we hope everyone takes the time to understand and reflect.”

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