Understanding Indigenous Canada Initiative
Indigenous Canada - University of Alberta Certification
When we created this initiative, we wanted to ensure that our team had access to a beginning point when starting or continuing their journey to gain knowledge through learning. One of the essential aspects of Truth and Reconciliation is understanding Indigenous History. Everyone will be at different points in their journey to understand. That is okay. Our responsibility as a company is to find learning opportunities and provide them to our team to support their journey.
As of April 2022, 16 months after we made our initial commitment to provide this course and the time to complete it to our team, we will have all executives, senior managers, and supervisors completed and certified. It is a starting point in our company’s commitment to learning Indigenous History, but change starts with many people standing together and taking one step forward, followed by another step in the same direction.
Partnership with BCT Projects.
Viking Projects Ltd. welcomed Leonard Jackson to the Team in March 2020 as our Indigenous Relationship Manager. BCT Projects is a one-stop-shop for Indigenous Communities looking to build Capacity through industry partnerships and for companies looking for ways to build true and lasting relationships with Indigenous Communities. We ensure the wants and the abilities of a Indigenous Community align with the needs of Industry and. working together, we build relationships and projects at the same time as we build people capacity, meet project milestones, develop future business and achieve success for everyone involved.
Viking Projects Ltd. Are Proud Members of The First Nations Capacity Fund.
The First Nations Capacity Fund (FNCF) is a non-profit society that exists to create training and employment opportunities for Indigenous people in any vocation of their choosing. We also work with communities to build capacity to maximize economic development opportunities within their territories. Fund members come from Industry and pool their investments to create a more significant impact.
Leadership Growth & Mentor Program
Viking Projects Ltd. announces that Mike Tubb’s will be the Lead for Understanding Indigenous Canada. Mike will be working with Rob Wilson, CEO of Viking Projects Ltd. as his Mentor.
Mike has been with Viking Projects Ltd. for twelve years and has spent his time between welding in the field and heading up our Business Development Team. He specializes in building relationships and knows Viking Projects Ltd. like the back of his hand. He is a dedicated team player and has been an active part of Viking Projects’ growth over the last twelve years. Mike understands how business development and field projects work, which is crucial when looking at the full picture at a high level. This understanding allows him to see items from different perspectives. This will be a large factor in the success of this initiative.
Truth And Reconciliation
Viking Projects Ltd. is committed to being an active participant in Truth and Reconciliation. We support our Indigenous Brothers, Sisters and Two-Spirited People as they raise their voices to ensure history does not repeat itself. As we continue to work with First Nations and Indigenous communities across Western Canada, we want to build lasting relationships and friendships. Canada is on the verge of an important change, one that has been a long time coming. A change that involves teamwork, understanding, communication, and actively seeking out the opportunities to listen and learn. Now is not the time to turn a blind eye but instead listen so that we can see what has been hidden for so long. We will lead by example, using our voices in unity to support the need for Truth and Reconciliation not as bystanders but as allies.
Response to Residential School, Kamloops - First Nation Capacity Fund
National Truth and Reconciliation Day 2021
On Friday, October 1st, we joined our friends at Lacombe Composite High School and EcoVision to raise a flag in remembrance of Indigenous Children of residential schools. Those who never came home and those who survived but paid a heavy emotional and physical price.
The students prepared readings to share, and a moment of silence was had in memory before the Every Child Matters flag was raised. A commitment was made that history would not repeat itself as long as we stood together in unity to listen and speak the truth.
Ecovision indigenous garden naming ceremony
Rescheduled to March 21, 2022.
In the summer of 2021, Viking Projects Ltd., Lacombe Composite High School, local Indigenous Communities and First Nations Groups and the award-winning EcoVision program joined forces to put together a Traditional Garden Naming Ceremony and Celebration for students and guests on October 1, 2021. The event was to be a day for learning and engaging in Indigenous Culture through traditional dancing, singing, beadwork and Indigenous plant learning opportunities. At lunchtime, blueberry bison burgers would be served, and the EcoVisions Indigenous Plant Garden would be named in a traditional naming ceremony for everyone to attend. Local First Nation Groups and Indigenous Communities would be sharing their history and culture with the entire high school. It was to be the first-ever day of celebration that focused specifically on Indigenous Culture, presented by the Local Indigenous Peoples in Wolfcreek Public School Division.
Unfortunately, due to Covid Restrictions, the event has been moved to March 21, 2022. Everyone involved is excited to be a part of this event and bringing this learning and engagement opportunity to the high school. The Indigenous Plant Garden will continue to be a learning opportunity for generations, as it will feature plant species that are native to the Central Alberta Region. How they are used in traditional Indigenous Culture and continued workshops will be available to students and the community for years to come.