We are at a pivotal moment in history—an awakening—to reset and build a foundational relationship. There is a shifting of awareness to Indigenous history, culture, rights, engagement and inclusion occurring across North America.
This awareness both comes from and places more focus on the evolving legal and constitutional framework.
It also fosters greater political and societal attention; provides opportunities to weave Indigenous knowledge, teachings and perspectives into decision making; and is embodied by the courageous sharing of the personal stories and experiences of Indigenous Peoples in Canada and the United States.
The recent and ongoing recoveries of the unmarked graves of Indigenous children at former residential schools in Canada are a painful reminder of the inequities and injustices Indigenous Peoples across North America have endured and continue to face today.
We have all inherited this position in time together—and we all have a role to play in supporting this awakening by educating ourselves about the truth of the history of Indigenous Peoples and then embarking on a path toward reconciliation.
Our projects and operations span Treaty and Tribal lands, the Métis National Homeland, unceded lands and the traditional territories of Indigenous Nations, Tribes, Governments and groups (Indigenous groups)1 across North America. Enbridge has consulted and engaged with more than 340 Indigenous groups in Canada and the United States.
We believe we can, and should, be a leader in our industry in Indigenous engagement, inclusion, and awareness—because we have learned we can go further together. Because inclusion creates unique, powerful, respectful and collective opportunities and benefits—for all involved. Because this matters.
Our name, Enbridge, conveys our commitment to being a bridge and leading the way to a safer, cleaner and more sustainable energy future.
But a bridge is only as sturdy as its foundation and the structures that support it, and that’s why we’re working to strengthen an essential component of that structure—fostering trusting, respectful and mutually beneficial relationships with Indigenous Peoples.
While we have expanded Indigenous inclusion within our projects and operations, we recognize our journey towards reconciliation is just that, a journey. More time is needed to listen, learn, understand and adapt in tandem with the broader changes taking place in North American society.
We have more work to do. We are committed to this, and we are committed to bridging the gaps that exist to develop meaningful and sustainable outcomes for Indigenous groups for generations to come.
To continue this work, Enbridge plans to develop a Reconciliation Action Plan in 2022. The Reconciliation Action Plan will outline our commitments and a plan of action going forward.
1 In this report we are using the term, “Indigenous groups” when referring to Indigenous nations, governments or groups in Canada and/or Native American Tribes and Tribal associations in the United States. We have the utmost respect for the unique rights and individual names of Indigenous groups across North America. This collective term is used solely for the purpose of the readability of the report and is not meant disrespectfully.
A Line 3 decommissioning crew in Manitoba wearing orange shirts to mark Canada’s National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
An Indigenous Liaison and an Indigenous Construction Monitor working on Line 3 decommissioning in Canada.