Our Indigenous Housing Initiative, the largest community investment in Cenovus’s history, is aimed at addressing one of the most pressing issues facing Indigenous communities in Canada – the lack of adequate housing that is forcing many families to live in overcrowded and unsafe conditions.
The Initiative, announced in January 2020, involves a plan to commit $10 million per year for at least five years to build much-needed new homes in six First Nations and Métis communities closest to our oil sands operations in northern Alberta, with the potential to extend it to 10 years. We see this Initiative as an important way to contribute to reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.
We also plan to work with the communities to develop training programs, so that local residents can participate in the building and maintenance of the new homes.
The communities that are part of this program are:
- Beaver Lake Cree Nation
- Chard Métis Community Association
- Chipewyan Prairie Dene First Nation
- Cold Lake First Nations
- Conklin Métis (Local 193)
- Heart Lake First Nation