June is National Indigenous History Month, providing us with an opportunity to to raise awareness, educate people, and encourage reflection. Encepta believes that reconciliation requires an ongoing commitment, and that we must work together to recognize our history as Canadians and the contributions of our First Nations, Métis and Inuit Communities.
Encepta heeds the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action, and adopts the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as a reconciliation framework to apply its principles, norms, and standards to corporate policy and core operational activities involving Indigenous Peoples and their lands and resources.
Encepta acknowledges that its headquarters are based in Burnaby where we are situated on the unceded homelands of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ (Halkomelem) and Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) speaking peoples.
Additionally, our company is working to adopt and leverage a central resource to guide its Territorial Acknowledgements ensuring accuracy of its references in external meetings, such as Business Development Conferences, Company Hosted Events and Presentations, and also in our Designs, as a useful tool for spreading awareness and appreciation throughout our supply chain.
Listed below are some of Encepta’s Initiatives to commit to reconciliation year-round.
We had the pleasure to invite Jodi Carlow (RAM’s Indigenous Relations Manager) to host a Lunch and Learn on Indigenous Awareness for everyone in the company, and our internal Knowledge Base is being regularly updated, so our employees can learn more through videos and books, for example. Our employees also have an annual allowance for professional development that includes training courses on Indigenous Awareness.
There is still a very long way to go, but the first step toward truth and reconciliation is to listen carefully to Indigenous Peoples and educate ourselves about their culture and history in order to raise awareness. Our work here has an impact on people around us, and it must be continuous, so we can build meaningful relationships with Indigenous communities and strengthen their ability for self-determination, social well-being, and economic development.
As an engineering company involved in everything, you can imagine that we are a tight-knit group of people. With the emergence of COVID-19, however, all our personal interactions in the office were cut off, and we had to devise other ways to stay in touch and remain productive throughout the day.
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