SECON Group of Companies believes in working collaboratively with First Nations and Metis communities. The development of mutually beneficial relationships is possible through early consultation and the respecting of First Nations and Metis culture, values and traditions.
Our desire was to evolve as an organization and become a catalyst for Indigenous engagement in industry. This meant our team needed to examine our First Nations and Metis relationships and our internal and external engagement practices. We asked ourselves:
“How do we build a representative and sustainable Indigenous workforce?”
In November 2015, we embarked on a journey to develop a comprehensive engagement strategy foundational to our business practices and goals. Our strategy is a living document and identifies numerous recommendations under the pillars of Education, Employment and Training, and Community & Economic Development.
Our first step was internal; all Senior Management attended an Indigenous Awareness session to increase our personal and professional understanding as we work to develop our cultural competencies. In consolation with community leaders, staff, and members, we are constantly reviewing our engagement strategy and implementing recommendations. Consultation is integral to the development and implementation of relevant and sustainable partnership initiatives.
Subsequent steps connect and align our engagement strategy to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action. Working together with Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples, we commit to focusing our efforts on:
We strive to establish a representative Indigenous workforce that reflects the regions where we do business. With safety as our foundation, we have set our local inclusion radius at 90km surrounding all projects we work on. We build awareness through participation in numerous employment and training initiatives such as career fairs, classroom presentations, providing industry perspectives into programs for educational institutions and communities with commitments to hiring successful participants. Examples of programs we have participated in include: