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Indigenous engagement

Focus area Targets
Indigenous engagement

By 2030:

  • Achieve a minimum of $1.5 billion of additional spending with Indigenous businesses

By the end of 2020:

  • Ninety percent of staff will have completed Indigenous awareness training by the end of 2020 and will update their training bi-annually

Cenovus has a responsibility to work closely with neighbouring Indigenous communities and meaningfully include them in our business. We know that part of this responsibility means understanding the history and culture of Indigenous people.  That is why we have established a target to ensure 90% of our staff have received Indigenous awareness training by the end of 2020, as well as a target to spend at least $1.5 billion cumulative with Indigenous owned or operated businesses from 2020 to 2030. Cenovus’s Indigenous Inclusion Advisory Committee, comprised of senior leaders from various functions, will guide the plan to achieve the targets as well as other initiatives aimed at strengthening Indigenous inclusion at our company.

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 the needs that are important to each of our local communities and have launched a 5-year, $50 million initiative to build much-needed new homes in the First Nations and Métis communities closest to our oil sands operations
  • Business: Whenever possible, we include local Indigenous-owned businesses in our supply chain.

Quick facts

  • In 2019, Cenovus spent $139 million on goods and services provided by Indigenous companies for a total of over $2.9 billion since 2009
  • In 2019, we awarded 40 scholarships valued at $3,500 each to Indigenous students pursuing a full-time degree, diploma or certified trade. Since the program began in 2012, over 193 students have benefitted from scholarships worth over $660,000 in total
  • Cenovus has signed long-term benefit agreements with nine Indigenous communities around our oil sands operating areas

Find out more about Indigenous engagement in our environmental, social & governance report.