NRStor is committed to a partnerships-first approach across its business, particularly with regards to building respectful and meaningful partnerships with Indigenous communities. We recognize the leadership of Indigenous communities in being stewards of the land since time immemorial, and we believe Indigenous communities have an important role to play in leading our country and industry’s efforts to build clean energy infrastructure. We also see the development of strong partnerships as an aspect of meaningful and authentic reconciliation.
NRStor fully supports the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action, and in particular is committed to address Call to Action #92 – Business and Reconciliation. NRStor commits to meaningful consultation, building respectful relationships, and obtaining the free, prior, and informed consent of Indigenous peoples before proceeding with economic development projects. We commit to ensuring that Indigenous peoples have equitable access to jobs, training, and education opportunities in the corporate sector, and that Indigenous communities gain long-term sustainable benefits from economic development projects. And we commit to providing education for management and staff on the history of Aboriginal peoples, including the history and legacy of residential schools, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Treaties and Aboriginal rights, Indigenous law, and Aboriginal–Crown relations. This will require skills based training in intercultural competency, conflict resolution, human rights, and anti-racism.
NRStor is committed to building equitable and mutually-beneficial partnerships with Indigenous communities, and has been doing so with several of our projects. We are committed to this through designing projects that maximize Indigenous ownership, space to participate in all development activities, prioritizing working with Indigenous-led/owned companies, and providing local employment opportunities, among others.