Enbridge is proud to partner with and support Aboriginal communities near our projects and operational rights-of-way.
We use our dollars, partnerships, and human capital to support community organizations that contribute to the economic and social development of the communities affected by our operations.
Through this support, Enbridge aims to help build communities that are sustainable. We focus our community investment on the four main building blocks supporting sustainability:
- health and safety
- culture and community
Some of Enbridge’s most recent investments within Aboriginal communities:
Enbridge School Plus Program - established by Enbridge in 2009 in partnership with the Assembly of First Nations to support enrichment programs and extra curricular activities in First Nations schools located near major Enbridge pipeline routes and facilities
- Aboriginal Leadership and Management Programs at the Banff Centre - an investment of $1 million in 2007 to support programs at the Banff Centre
Aboriginal Writing and Arts Challenge - partnering with the Historica-Dominion Institute to help make the Canadian Aboriginal Writing and Arts Challenge possible
Enbridge provided $330,000 in funding to the Mother Earth’s Children Charter School Society ($110,000 in each of years 2011, 2012 and 2013) to support Alberta’s only First Nation’s Charter School. The funding is in aid of the school’s capital funding campaign to purchase the school and to support the school’s nutritional program.
Take-a-Kid Trapping Program- Enbridge provided funding to school children in Deline, Tulita, and Colville Lake, NWT, as part of traditional Aboriginal studies facilitated by the Sahtu Renewable Resources Board. The program included winter safety and survival skills; setting and checking fishing nets, preparation of rabbit snares, setting up a traditional campsite, maintaining a trapline, and snowmobile maintenance.
Health & Safety
Enbridge's Safe Community program — established by Enbridge to support the efforts of emergency and first-responder services in communities along our right-of-way in Canada, this program offers grants of up to $10,000 for safety-related investments. In 2010, three Aboriginal first responder organizations were awarded grants, including the Elizabeth Métis Settlement Fire Department for Equipment, the Dakota Ojibway Police Service for Equipment, and the Mohawks of Akwasasne in support of the establishment of Hazardous Materials team on reserve.
Culture & Community
- National Aboriginal Day - supporting celebrations across Canada and specific events in Edmonton, Brandon, and Ottawa
- Community cultural events such as Pow-Wows and Treaty Days in communities across Canada. Support to conferences and forums with a focus on capacity-building, such as the 2011 Powering Up Aboriginal Energy Conference.
- Urban Aboriginal Housing- Enbridge partnered with Habitat for Humanity Edmonton and the Technical Services Advisory Group (TSAG) in support of Urban Aboriginal housing. TSAG is a First Nations organization in Alberta that provides technical services and training to First Nations in Treaty 6, 7 and 8 areas, and receives its mandate from the Alberta Chiefs. Enbridge’s $100,000 donation resulted in homes for two First Nation families, one in 2010 and another to be completed in 2011.
- Assembly of First Nations - a sponsor of the 2011 Assembly of First Nations Annual General Assembly in Moncton, New Brunswick.
- Aboriginal Achievement Awards - a major sponsor of the 2011 Aboriginal Achievement Awards in Edmonton.
- Tl'azt'en Nation- Enbridge provided $9,300 in funding to purchase new equipment and entry fees for the community’s baseball and recreational hockey teams.
- Enbridge's Natural Legacy program - established by Enbridge in partnership with Tree Canada to support community efforts to preserve and expand natural areas. In 2009, we partnered with the Four Nations of Ermineskin, Louis Bull, Montana and Samson, at Hobbema, Alberta, to replant natural areas destroyed by wildfire, and with the Swan Lake First Nation to reforest cleared land in Manitoba.
- Project Webfoot - Enbridge entered into a partnership with Ducks Unlimited to provide environmental-awareness classroom and wetland experiences to over 15 elementary schools with high Aboriginal enrollment along the company’s operational right-of-way in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.