We recognize our responsibility to support reconciliation with Indigenous people. We aim to understand the history and culture of Indigenous people, while ensuring we acknowledge their interest in our projects. We believe one of the most important ways we can support reconciliation is through economic inclusion and working with Indigenous communities to develop economic self-sustainability.
Our approach to working with Indigenous communities focuses on:
- Consultation: We engage with communities regularly to help ensure they understand the potential impacts of our operations, so we can identify ways to mitigate these impacts.
- Relationships: Our relationships with Indigenous communities are forged based on mutual respect and trust.
- Employment: We support education and training programs that may help community members find employment with Cenovus or another company.
- Investment: We support a range of organizations focused on needs that are important to each of our local communities, including a five-year, $50 million Indigenous Housing Initiative to build much-needed new homes in six First Nations and Métis communities.
- Business: When possible, we include local Indigenous-owned businesses in our supply chain.
Our Indigenous reconciliation targets
Indigenous reconciliation at a glance
- We’ve spent more than $3 billion on goods and services provided by Indigenous businesses since 2009.
- All Cenovus staff in Canada must complete Indigenous awareness training.
- In 2021 we launched an Indigenous Relations Policy.
- We have more than a dozen benefit agreements with Indigenous communities.