Our commitment to actively pursuing JEDI and Reconciliation journeys

We can only achieve a strong, inclusive, and sustainable Canadian economy by embracing, internalizing and acting on the principles of JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion) and Reconciliation. We recognize that this requires an organization-wide commitment to two different, but related, journeys.

We will pursue our JEDI journey at all levels of our organization. This means proactively identifying the societal implications of our Solution Space work, not only to avoid unintended consequences that create or reinforce barriers, but to actively pursue solutions that advance JEDI outcomes. We recognize that, to do this effectively, we must also and simultaneously build our internal capacity and culture. We will pursue this through the evolution of JEDI-focused policies, recruitment, hiring, and retention practices, and professional development and knowledge sharing activities.

Our Reconciliation journey draws on our JEDI work, but requires additional, and unique considerations and commitments. Those include acting within our sphere of influence to uphold the UN’s Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and responding to the TRC’s Calls to Action, particularly call to action #92. We will continuously aspire to be in good relations with, learn from, and support the aspirations of Indigenous People in Canada, both in how we work and in the outcomes we advance through our Solution Spaces.

We will pursue these two journeys, understanding they are essential to our vision and mission, with humility, respect, and a willingness to listen, learn, improve, and transform.

Land acknowledgements

As a remote team working across many traditional territories, we at Generate Canada acknowledge with gratitude the enduring connection of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples to the lands and waters of this country. We are on a journey to deepen our understanding of Indigenous connections to the lands upon which we work and the complicated and ongoing legacy of colonialism that impacts our work today. We have further to go, which may include evolving this land acknowledgement as we learn and understand more.

Our Solution Space teams working across the country are also pursuing  reconciliation journeys aligned with the specific nature of their work.  These are all at different stages and our aim is to share learnings across our organization and partnership to support continued growth.  Here are some of the land acknowledgements our teams have developed as part of their ongoing truth and reconciliation efforts.

The team supporting the Energy Futures Lab is committed to a continuous practice of learning and unlearning as part of our professional and personal truth and reconciliation journeys. As a remote team that convenes a Fellowship as well as other activities across the province, we gratefully acknowledge the original territories of the Siksikáwa, Îyârhe Nakodabi, Tsuut’ina Dene, Cree, Saulteaux, Nakota Sioux, and the Métis Nation of Alberta Regions 2, 3 and 4. We acknowledge and honour these peoples as the traditional custodians and keepers of the colonized lands which many now refer to as Alberta. We are deeply grateful for the lessons, teachings and experiences we have received, as well as the support, patience and friendship offered along the way.

Energy Futures Lab Team

We acknowledge with gratitude the enduring connection of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples to the lands and waters of this country. We further acknowledge that we benefit every day from the great love and care the First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples have shown Mother Earth. We encourage our partners committed to advancing conservation, restoration, and nature-based solutions from coast to coast to coast to be mindful of the land upon which they live and work and to respect the diverse cultures, languages, laws, protocols and traditions of the Indigenous peoples in each area.

Nature Investment Hub Team

As our CPP Secretariat and Partners convene virtually from across Canada, we acknowledge the ancestral and unceded territory of all the Indigenous Peoples who have long stewarded the lands we call home. With humility, we acknowledge the mistakes and injustices of the past and are dedicated to actively engaging in the ongoing journey of reconciliation, guided by respect, understanding, and collaboration. As we work towards a circular economy for plastics, we are committed to integrating Indigenous perspectives, knowledge, and considerations, ensuring that our collective efforts honor the wisdom of Indigenous Peoples and contribute to a more equitable and sustainable future for all.

Canada Plastics Pact Team