Commitment to Social Action
Our organization prides itself as an Indigenous-led organization working to empower Indigenous Peoples through clean energy. Our work affects systems change through clean energy, which increases equity and self-determination of Indigenous Peoples.
The Indigenous communities we have the privilege of working with continue to experience the impacts of colonization, ongoing systemic racism and violence. We also know that Black people and People of Colour face their own realities of racism in Canada and hope our work will affect change for them as well.
With guidance from our Board of Directors, Advisory Council, and Staff Team, we have identified the following commitments for continuing to grow our impact when it comes to equity in Canada. These actions reflect ICE’s approach to its work: positivity and inspiration. Our commitments focus on showcasing a positive approach to change that comes through leading by example. Given the nature of our organization, our actions focus on equity and anti-racism work primarily related to Indigenous Peoples.
Beyond inequalities in terms of race, we also know that people who identify as women, LGBTQIA2S+, and/or with disabilities, all face their own forms of discrimination, often intersecting with their identity as Indigenous, Black, or Person of Colour. ICE is firmly committed to acting on these important, ethical imperatives. We have already taken small steps in this regard (including being a signatory on the Equal By 30 initiative). As we put the actions below into practice, we will look for opportunities to engage and support people, particularly Indigenous people, who share these identities.
Some of the actions below are already being implemented across our programs and operations. Others require some development to be thoughtfully put into practice. We welcome input and suggestions as we continue to learn how to affect more change. We also call on everyone within the ICE community to think of ways they can join us in actioning these commitments for themselves.
Centring Indigenous Voices
ICE has always focused on showcasing the tremendous work Indigenous communities are already doing. We do this to:
We commit to continuing to celebrate Indigenous communities and center their stories by:
Culture is central to identity. Understanding, appreciating, and creating space for the expression of culture in our work ensures we remain grounded in Indigenous worldviews. By integrating culture throughout our programming, we help break down walls between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. We commit to integrating culture throughout our work and sharing it with our partners by:
Hiring and Supporting Indigenous, Black, and other People of Colour
One of the key actions we can take is emphasizing hiring and supporting Indigenous people and their businesses. The commitments below have an explicit focus on Indigenous people, however we will also be conscious of opportunities to support Black people and People of Colour. We commit to this action by:
Educating Ourselves and Our Colleagues
Learning is essential to change. Education is how we grow and find better ways to affect the change we want to see. We commit to the following actions to ensure our team and partners are continuously learning how systemic racism is at play in all our work. We will integrate these opportunities to learn in different ways and magnitudes across our programs based on the design and delivery of the program. It is critical to note that these actions will be open to our whole team, focusing on our non-Indigenous team members and partners. It will also be delivered in a way that recognizes, honours, and respects the lived-experiences and historical traumas that may have been experienced by Indigenous team members.
Acting on Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action are key pieces of righting past injustices and transforming Canada’s relationship with Indigenous people. As an Indigenous-governed organization, we fully support the implementation of the Calls to Action. We commit to acting on them because we believe that everyone has a role to play in making them a reality. We’ve identified ways to directly support the implementation of several Calls.