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Indigenous Relations

Bird values the importance of creating inclusive, respectful, and equitable working environments. We are committed to delivering our projects in a socially responsible way that is mindful of human rights and local residents. This commitment drives the company to partner with clients to ensure that we are aligned in both approach and expectations. Reflected in Bird’s national Indigenous Engagement Policy, the company commits to approach our engagement in a constant and culturally appropriate manner, while considering the Truth and Reconciliation call to Action #92, and respecting the diversity of the Indigenous landscape in Canada.

Bird seeks to engage, and consult with, Indigenous peoples to encourage their active participation in the workforce and subcontracting opportunities. Bird understands that contribution to economic reconciliation includes employing Indigenous peoples, purchasing from Indigenous businesses, conducting business with Indigenous partners, and conducting meaningful engagement. 

Delivering projects across Canada and for a wide variety of sectors, the company works with a diverse group of employees, subcontractors, partners, and clients including a growing number of projects and partnerships with Indigenous communities and companies. These companies include some of the more than 43,000 Aboriginal-owned businesses in Canada, with which Bird networks to advance Indigenous business inclusion and participation in the economy. To promote this advancement, we have implemented a mandatory Indigenous Cultural Awareness Training program for all Bird employees. This action is the first step for Bird to continue to promote positive relationships with Indigenous individuals, businesses, and communities as the company continues to make investments in people, projects, and partnerships.

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Bird Indigenous Engagement Policy

Bird strives to be a positive contributor to the overall well-being of Indigenous Peoples with whom Bird interacts across Canada, and demonstrates this by respecting and promoting the rights of Indigenous peoples across our operations.

Bird is committed to the following:

  • Building respectful relationships and promoting open communications and cultural awareness as fundamental to Bird’s business success and applying these same principles in its work that impacts Indigenous communities.
  • Being proactive in employing a qualified workforce that strives to be representative of the Indigenous communities in which it works.
  • Seeking to increase business opportunities for its Indigenous partners and to build capacity in the Indigenous business community.
  • Investing in community programs that support Indigenous cultural awareness, skills development and business capacity through in-kind and financial contributions.

Bird has developed and implemented an Indigenous Cultural Awareness Training Program to better educate its management and employees and enable them to deliver on Bird’s commitment to its Indigenous Relations Policy, strategies and plans. Bird management is committed to effectively implementing, monitoring, and reporting on the Indigenous Engagement Policy.

The Bird Engagement Policy is available in the following languages. Indigenous translation provided by Indigenous Languages of Manitoba Inc

French   Cree   Oji-Cree   Ojibwe

Indigenous Cultural Awareness Training

Bird has developed and implemented an Indigenous Cultural Awareness Training Program to better educate its management and employees and enable them to deliver on Bird’s commitment to its Indigenous Relations Policy, strategies and plans. Bird management is committed to effectively implementing, monitoring, and reporting on the Indigenous Engagement Policy.

For more information, please contact:

Jeff Provost, Indigenous Business Relations Manager
indigenous@bird.ca

 

Progressive Aboriginal Relations

Bird is continuously evaluating and improving our relationships with Indigenous communities and businesses across the country. We are proud to be Bronze-level PAR certified and an inaugural member of the Aboriginal Procurement Champions Group, recognizing our company’s commitment to Indigenous relations.

Learn more about  PAR

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Indigenous Scholarships

Bird offers a variety of scholarship programs designed to assist and support the Indigenous people of Canada with their career development and growth as they attend post-secondary education.

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The Scott Ferguson Memorial Scholarship

The Scott Ferguson Memorial Scholarship was established in the memory of our colleague and friend, Scott Ferguson. He passionately devoted his career to bridging the gap between Indigenous communities, government, and industry. A graduate of the University of Alberta, he demonstrated strong leadership qualities and an ability to connect with Indigenous individuals and communities across Canada.

The intent of the Scott Ferguson Memorial Scholarship is to provide financial support with a $3,000 award provided to an Indigenous student that is pursuing post-secondary education to further their career development and growth. This award is based on reconciliation, leadership qualities, community involvement and financial need.

  

Bird Heavy Civil Ltd. Indigenous Scholarship

The Bird Heavy Civil Ltd. Indigenous Scholarship is an annual scholarship designed to encourage and support Indigenous people of Canada with their career development and growth as they attend post-secondary education.

Applications will be accepted from students who are currently enrolled in a full-time post-secondary institution or students in Grade 12 who are planning to attend a full-time post-secondary education institution that are of Indigenous descent (First Nations, Métis or Inuit). Students pursuing an education in the technology and trades will be considered priority applicants.

Three scholarships per year, valued at $1,500, may be awarded to applicants from the three Indigenous groups who are enrolled in a technical / trade program with a recognized post-secondary institution.

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UNB campus in the fall

Bird Construction UNB Scholarship

The Bird Construction Scholarship assists students enrolled in the University of New Brunswick's Bachelor of Science in Engineering Program. Selection for the scholarship is based on academic achievement, with preference being given to Indigenous female students. This demonstrates Bird's commitment to fostering excellence in education for Indigenous female students pursuing engineering as a career.

The scholarship is part of UNB's It Begins Here campaign, the largest fundraising effort in the University's history, with a $110 million campaign goal.