National Indigenous Peoples Day (on June 21, 2021) and History Month is a time to celebrate the diverse histories, languages and cultures of Indigenous Peoples.
With that, SECURE is mindful during National Indigenous History Month on the discovery of 215 graves at the Kamloops Residential School and that it may have reopened painful wounds and memories. We stand in solidarity with our Indigenous friends and partners through this difficult time.
Former Senator, Murray Sinclair, recently made a statement on the discovery at Kamloops residential school… watch the clip from CBC, here.
Though we do not know the best way to honor the lives lost and memory of those affected by this tragic news, we would like to recognize the importance of truth and the history of Residential Schools and why they were set up. We understand Residential Schools were set up to remove and isolate children from the influence of their, families, culture, language, and traditions and to assimilate them into the dominant culture.
The trauma caused by residential schools is not just a part of Canada’s history, but it is present today.
SECURE is committed to listening and to educating ourselves on the history of Indigenous people. We empathize and keep in mind that the trauma and grief is current and very real for residential school survivors, their families and future generations.
SECURE Energy would like to reaffirm our commitment to promoting inclusion and our role in reconciliation and specifically Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada Call to Action #92.
As stated in our Indigenous Relations Policy, our objective is to build lasting, mutually beneficial relationships through active engagement with a focus on respectful engagement and economic inclusion.
We would also like to take this opportunity to recognize our many successful Indigenous employees and industry partners. As we’ve said before, our work does not stop here. Our team has and will continue to work on providing opportunities to increase economic participation with Indigenous communities and businesses where we live and work.