A UNIQUE PARTNERSHIP
Every Indigenous community is unique – with different experiences, histories, social customs, traditions, governance and social circumstances. What they share is an interest in making decisions that bring sustainable benefits, both now and in the future. Cormorant recognizes that success depends on building long-term partnerships and reinforcing a culture of sharing alongside Indigenous people – Inuit, Métis and First Nations.
As a company, we understand the challenges these communities face and recognize the need for frequent, open and honest communication.
Responsibly delivering on a variety of projects, we are proud to support the growth of and strengthen the communities we work in, while fostering opportunities for training and local initiatives that create a future for Indigenous youth.
INDIGENOUS PEOPLE RELATIONS POLICY
Cormorant Utility Services recognizes the value of ensuring all of our employees, as well as the contractors and consultants we hire, are aware of and adhere to our Indigenous Relations Policy. It is intended to provide a framework for the way we initiate, maintain and manage our relationships with Canada’s Indigenous people. Therefore, Cormorant commits to:
Cormorant will respect the desire of Indigenous communities to undertake work on reserve lands, traditional lands, land claim and Metis Settlement areas. Cormorant will look for capable and competitive businesses from these lands with whom to work and partner in furtherance of these communities’ goals.
RESPECT FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
Recognize and respecting the unique cultural and historical characteristics and connections to the land that aboriginal people possess. Cormorant commits to respect Aboriginal concerns regarding the environmental impact of our activities and will work with the involved parties to ensure that our projects result in the absolute minimum environmental impact.
HONOUR TREATY LANDS & RIGHTS
Understanding that Indigenous peoples may have shared or overlapping interests in their traditional territories.
Before consulting with the community, Cormorant will define and understand the activity and know the options and impacts in Indigenous communities.
Where appropriate, Cormorant will devel-op good-neighbour agreements with First Nations and Metis Settlements; and these agreements will be built on respect for the languages, customs, and political, social and cultural institutions of these communities.
VALUE INDIGENOUS BUSINESS & COMMUNITY LEADERS
This will aid Cormorant in understanding the potential impact of our work within these communities, assist in developing institutional awareness of and respect for the values and beliefs of Indigenous peoples, and facilitate partnerships, mentorships and employment programs with Indigenous organizations.
INDIGENOUS ENGAGEMENT OVERVIEW
The Cormorant Utility Services’ Project Team continuously strives to develop and maintain strong relationships with Indigenous communities through ongoing, transparent, and effective communication and engagement. Throughout all projects, the Project Team ensures community consultation and engagement is transparent, occurs frequently and satisfies the project team’s requirements. Like Hydro One, the Project Team recognizes that Indigenous peoples and their lands are unique in Canada, with distinct legal, historical and cultural significance. Our success depends on building long-term partnerships and reinforcing a culture of sharing alongside Indigenous people.
Cormorant will serve as Indigenous Engagement Manager for this project; included with this submission is Cormorant’s Indigenous Relations Policy. This formal document demonstrates a progressive view toward engagement, consultation, and actively seeking opportunities to create and optimize socio-economic benefits for Indigenous people. We believe that Indigenous engagement practices need to be tailored to the specific needs and opportunities surrounding our project sites.
People, our greatest asset and trusted key stakeholders, are motivated and guided by:
PRELIMINARY CONSULTATION & ENGAGEMENT
The Project Team understands Hydro One has been engaging with the seven First Nation communities and the Haudenosaunee Confederacy Chiefs Council about this Project since January 2020. This engagement has included two virtual information sessions with the communities. The Project Team’s experience with Indigenous consultation and engagement is extensive. Through our previous work with Hydro One, such as the Elexicon 230 kV Seaton Municipal Transformer Station project, Cormorant has gained the knowledge and experience to successfully support engagement and consultation with Indigenous communities. Cormorant’s Indigenous Engagement Advisor for this mandate has also previously worked with Hydro One and supported consultation and engagement with First Nations on projects such as the Waasigan Transmission Line and the expansion of the Wawa Transformer Station in northern Ontario. Included with this submission is Cormorant’s most recent Indigenous Participation Plan it has in place with Hydro One on the Lakeshore Line Relocation Project. The plan includes numerous examples of Cormorant’s experience with Indigenous engagement. Together, our team is well-positioned to continue to support the company’s community engagement efforts during the Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) stage of this Project.