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Indigenous programs and initiatives

At Ontario Power Generation, we are proud of the programs and initiatives we have created to support Indigenous communities across the province.

Explore our history of working with Indigenous communities to help power Ontario.

OPG’s policies

OPG’s Indigenous Relations Policy encourages the inclusion of Indigenous communities and businesses on many of our projects and initiatives.

The policy outlines our objectives for respecting rights and interests, and developing and maintaining mutually beneficial relationships and partnerships with Ontario’s Indigenous communities.

Our focus is on building these relationships and working to ensure they are developed on a foundation of respect for the languages, customs, cultural organizations and rights of Indigenous communities in Ontario.

Indigenous partnership programs

Explore how OPG has committed to building and maintaining progressive relationships with Ontario’s Indigenous communities.

OPG continues to enhance its business relationships with Indigenous communities through its commitment to the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business’s (CCAB) Progressive Aboriginal Relations (PAR) program.

A member of CCAB since 2003, OPG first undertook a Progressive Aboriginal Assessment in 2015 and currently maintains a Silver standing.

OPG’s Indigenous Opportunities in Nuclear program (ION) is a unique initiative designed to increase the number of Indigenous people working in the nuclear industry. Working closely with Kagita Mikam Aboriginal Employment and Training and the Electrical Power Systems Construction Association (EPSCA), ION places workers in the building trades on some of OPG’s most diverse and innovative projects, including the Darlington Refurbishment Project.

In an effort to increase our understanding of traditional culture and land use practices, OPG has agreed to incorporate Métis Valued Ecological Components (VECs) into its monitoring of the Western Waste Management Facility. This program will be undertaken in partnership with the Métis Nation of Ontario Region 7 Georgian Bay Regional Consultation Committee.

The monitoring program will incorporate species important to the Métis way of life and serve as an education tool to address Métis community issues and concerns related to the WWMF as well as the proposed DGR (deep geological repository) project.