Since 2017, Engineers and Geoscientists BC has been working to address the Calls To Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, and identify and implement the Calls that relate to the primary duty of the association. More about the association’s work surrounding the Calls To Action is provided on the Truth and Reconciliation page.
On November 23, 2018, Engineers and Geoscientists BC Council approved a pilot program to address the Commission’s Calls To Action. The pilot program has three components:
- Establish an Indigenous Engagement Working Group to review initiatives related to the pilot program.
- Participate in an Indigenous career/community fair to promote engineering/geoscience as a career.
- Develop a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) event to educate members on Call To Action numbers 57 (Professional Development and Training for Public Servants) and 92 (Business and Reconciliation).
The third component—the CPD event—will be a seminar about how professionals can foster collaborative relationships with Indigenous communities when working on engineering and geoscience projects on Indigenous land. The session will provide practical tools by assessing a hypothetical project from both a technical and First Nations’ perspective, and will conclude with a panel of experts sharing their experiences.
The CPD seminar will be held on May 15, 2019, via webinar, or in-person in Vancouver, BC. More information is provided at egbc.ca/Events.
The pilot program will be completed by September 1, 2019. Its focus is to educate members, provide insight into and best-practice tools for Indigenous engagement, and encourage continuing dialogue in Indigenous engagement and truth and reconciliation.
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