National Indigenous Peoples Day – 2023

National Indigenous Peoples Day (NIPD) was the perfect occasion to celebrate Indigenous peoples, culture, and contributions. We had the honour of hosting Indigenous Relations’ NIPD event at Edmonton City Centre. Watch our video of the event, including messages from special guests: Premier Danielle Smith, Elder Gilman Cardinal, Rick Wilson, City Councillor Jennifer Rice, and Grand Chief Leonard Standingontheroad. Thank you to Zachary Willier for Emceeing and to the performers for sharing their culture: Felice Gladue (Metis dance), Colten Bear (fiddle), Mary Stinchcombe (songs), and Dallas Arcand (hoop dance).




Indigenous Engagement Policy


As a proud Canadian company, Canderel strive to build strong and long-lasting relationships with Indigenous communities and Peoples built on mutual trust, respect and shared prosperity. We recognize that Canderel and its employees have a role to play in progressing reconciliation.


We acknowledge the traditional lands in which we operate, and respect the histories and cultures of First Nations, Métis, Inuit, and all First Peoples of Canada.

Canderel has offices and operations on the following traditional lands and territories, that are home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis:

  • Calgary: Treaty Seven Territory; Tsuut’ina, Siksika, Kainai, Piikani, the Îyâxe Nakoda Nations, and the Métis Nation (Region 3)
  • Edmonton: Treaty Six Territory; Cree, Dené, Anishinaabe/Saulteau, Nakota Isga/ Nakota Sioux, Niitsitapi/Blackfoot peoples, and the Metis Nation (Region 4)
  • Montreal: Unceded Territory; Mohawk Nation
  • Ottawa: Unceded Territory; Algonquin Anishnaabeg Nation
  • Quebec City: Unceded Territory; Huron-Wendat Nation
  • Toronto: Treaty Thirteen Territory; Mississaugas of the Credit, Anishnabeg, Chippewa, Haudenosaunee, Wendat people
  • Vancouver: Unceded Territory; Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations

Indigenous Engagement Strategy

Canderel’s Indigenous Engagement Strategy is guided by the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.


  • Soliciting feedback from Indigenous partners and employees
  • Engaging with Indigenous organizations to gain perspective on cultural awareness, economic and development needs, and to collaborate where mutually beneficial.


Canderel believes that education and understanding are at the core of a strong partnerships. We are committed to learning by:

  • Creating dialogue to learn and incorporate Indigenous perspectives
  • Consult with Indigenous partners to offer mandatory training and extended learning opportunities on Indigenous cultures, history, and current realities
  • Creating opportunities to discuss Canderel’s work and identifying how our business can contribute to thriving Indigenous communities


Our goal is to encourage Indigenous-led solutions to support organizational development and reach sustainable and thriving Indigenous communities. Canderel believes amplifying means sharing our collective expertise within local Indigenous communities to create mutually beneficial business engagements. We are committed to amplifying by:

  • Assisting in the development of local Indigenous projects by looking for opportunities to engage with Indigenous communities and businesses
  • Respecting the needs of Indigenous communities by understanding that business-needs may come secondary to cultural or traditional activities
  • Working with regional or national Indigenous organizations to identify partnership opportunities for employment, mentorship, or community development
  • Promoting job opportunities in ways that are relevant and accessible for the community
  • Acknowledging National Indigenous Peoples Day, National Indigenous History Month, National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, and promoting the contributions Indigenous peoples and employees make to our company
  • Continuing a collaborative relationship with the Edmonton Indigenous Wisdom Council and the Tsuut’ina First Nation