When it comes to recruitment, training and development, Kris Reynolds believes it all starts with strong relationships. By being an active member of her home community, Kris, as an HR advisor, can have open and honest conversations with employees and prospective employees. And it’s English River First Nation that inspires her to try to recreate a sense of community within Des Nedhe Group – where people feel like they belong.
The importance of information in any consultation between Indigenous communities and industry or government cannot be overstated. Both parties must be privy to assessments, statements and documents, and they must be presented in a way that is clear and transparent for all involved. Cheyenna Campbell fills this information gap with every project she works on, so that industry players are developing their resources in the most respectful and ethical way. And as an English River First Nation band member and a lawyer, the work she’s doing is giving back to the community that gave her so much.
Even though mining provides economic development opportunities, the industry must improve the way Indigenous communities are engaged. Luckily, many experts in the field are pushing the dial on Reconciliation. In this article, we share insights from Indigenous and non-Indigenous allies in the mining space.
In our second piece in this series, we highlight ideas that come from Indigenous leaders at the FNMPC Towards Net Zero by 2050 Conference and how they relate to current ESG practices. By taking a thoughtful look at who really drives and benefits from ESG initiatives, we can better understand how the worldviews and interests of those leading a corporate sustainability approach inevitably impact its outcomes.
What actually is sustainability? If we are to understand it in its truest sense, it means that any corporate sustainability strategies must be rooted in Reconciliation. In this, the first part in a series on the connection between Reconciliation action and sustainability strategy, the authors demonstrate why pillars of Reconciliation are so important to any corporate environmental action.