Indigenous Affairs

Welcome to the Union Gas Indigenous Affairs website.

Union Gas is committed to building long-term productive relationships with members of the First Nation and Métis communities based on mutual respect and economic opportunity. Union Gas is responsible for the company's First Nation and Métis relations in areas of the province where we operate.

With our deep roots in Ontario, Union Gas has built a foundation of strong, mutually-beneficial relationships with First Nations and Métis peoples in the communities and regions where we operate. This is central to providing certainty to our business and supports the vision, purpose and values of the company's Charter.

As a set of guiding principles, we commit to:

  • Respect the treaty and aboriginal rights of First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples of Canada, as recognized and affirmed in the Constitution Act (1982).

  • Build and maintain sustainable, long-term relationships with First Nations and Métis peoples, based on mutual respect and common interests.

  • Support the advancement and build local capacity for First Nations and Métis peoples through education, sponsorships and economic development.

  • Increase the quantity and quality of First Nations and Métis participation in Union Gas’ workforce through training, employment and contracting.

  • Recognize that First Nations and Métis peoples have unique cultural and historical characteristics and connections to the land, which must be accommodated when developing consultation programs for our local facilities and operations.

  • Engage First Nations and Métis peoples in culturally appropriate ways as we design, build, operate and maintain our local facilities. We seek constructive consultative processes; open, transparent communications; and innovative, mutually-beneficial working arrangements.

The Medicine Wheel

Medicine Wheel

The Medicine Wheel represents and unites various aspects of the world, both seen and unseen, and emphasizes how all parts of the world and all levels of being are related and connected through a life force originating in the creation of the universe.

All parts of the wheel are important, and depend on each other in the cycle of life; what affects one affects all, and the world cannot continue with missing parts. For this reason, the Medicine Wheel teaches that harmony, balance and respect for all parts are needed to sustain life.

The centre of the Medicine Wheel symbolizes the self in balance, and the perspective of traditional philosophy.

The central perspective is a neutral place where it is possible to develop a holistic vision and understanding of creation and the connections between all things.