Indigenous Engagement

FortisAlberta acknowledges the importance of building and nurturing authentic relationships within the communities we serve, which includes the 20 First Nations and two Métis Settlement lands and traditional territories on which we operate. We are respectful of the Indigenous Peoples of Canada, their land and their culture, and we recognize them as the traditional stewards of the land.

Our journey is ongoing and we will keep striving to advance the process of reconciliation. This will be done primarily through our participation in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action and through the National Principles for Engagement of Indigenous Peoples shared by Electricity Canada (formerly the Canadian Electricity Association) and adopted by FortisAlberta. The FortisAlberta Executive team has – on behalf of all FortisAlberta employees – committed to these Principles.

As inclusive Canadians, we must ask ourselves how can we support the 94 calls to action in the Truth and Reconciliation Report. You can read the full report here. All FortisAlberta employees are encouraged to find ways to fulfill roles in reconciliation, in the context of Indigenous and non-Indigenous relationships.

View our Indigenous Commitment Statement, formalized in December 2021.

 

Commitment Statement

If you have questions about our Indigenous Engagement programs, please email Stan Orlesky, Indigenous Relations Manager.

Native Land

Interested in the traditional lands? Native Land Digital is a resource to learn more about Indigenous territories, languages, lands, and ways of life. The map feature enables users to search their location to learn the local nations, languages and treaty territory for that location.

“FortisAlberta acknowledges that its operations and facilities occur on the traditional territories, meeting grounds and travelling routes of the Indigenous peoples of treaty 6, 7 and 8, and Métis people in Alberta. We make this acknowledgement as an act of reconciliation and gratitude to those whose territory we reside on or are visiting.”

FortisAlberta Major Community Projects

Stoney Nakoda end of life conductor replacement: Over 125 km of line rebuild and 1000 new poles.

Indigenous Cultural Locations of Significance

Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park
Buffalo Nations Museum
Head Smashed In Buffalo Jump
Indigenous Landmarks and Spaces in Edmonton
Kakesimokamik/Healing Garden
Métis Crossing
Paahtómahksikimi Cultural Centre
Writing on Stone Provincial Park

For additional resources Indigenous Tourism Alberta.

Pow Wows in Alberta

The Alberta Pow Wow calendar has all the details if you are interested in attending, including Pow Wow Etiquette.

Literary Works Available

Want to further your Indigenous education and experience? FortisAlberta recommends the following literature:

  • From the Ashes: My Story of Being Metis, Homeless, and Finding My Way by Jesse Thistle
  • Calling My Spirit Back by Elaine Alec
  • The Break by Katherena Vermette
  • Five Little Indians by Michelle Good
  • Mamaskatch: A Cree Coming of Age by Darrel J. McLeod
  • Cultural Teachings: First Nations Protocols and Methodologies by Sylvia McAdam Saysewahum

For more reading recommendations, click here.

Power Line Clearances

Power Line Clearances

Make sure you know how tall your equipment is before you pass under or work closely to power lines.

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