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CDN Controls: Indigenous partnerships should live at the apex of authenticity – JWN Energy

by ahnationtalk on May 25, 202377 Views

May 25, 2023

Canada’s formal endorsement of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in 2010 (and its Royal Assent in 2021) fundamentally changed how Canadian businesses approach Indigenous engagement.

If we consider Canada’s legal imperative to recognize and respect the human rights of Indigenous peoples, I would dare to qualify the last decade as culturally transformative. Couple this with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action, the thousands of unmarked graves discovered at former residential schools sites, and the mounting pressure to address the systemic horror of missing and murdered Indigenous women, and I believe we have reached a long-sought point of reckoning in our relationships with Indigenous nations. While overdue, there is a readiness to forge a new conversation, and a new path forward, and a rightful place for all. How we engage in these conversations — and meaningful action — has never mattered more.

As people, our widened awakening has pressed the imperative to learn — and, in too many cases — unlearn. As businesses, the same learning/unlearning imperative remains. Personally and professionally, we are responsible for doing more, but how that “more” is achieved has never mattered — well — more.

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