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Bruce Power’s Indigenous Relations Supplier Network (IRSN) was created in June 2017 as part of our site’s commitment to ensure local Indigenous communities are able to participate fully in the business development, procurement and economic activities taking place through the next phase of our operation.

The IRSN is committed to expanding upon Bruce Power’s goals to foster meaningful relationships with each community while increasing local First Nations and Métis employment through targeted education and training programs.

All members of the IRSN recognize and share a desire to work with the Saugeen Ojibway Nation (SON), Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO), and Historic Saugeen Métis (HSM) communities.

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Land Acknowledgement

The site is located on the eastern shore of Lake Huron near Tiverton, Ontario within the traditional Territory of the Saugeen Ojibway Nation (SON) and the harvesting areas of the Georgian Bay Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) and the Historic Saugeen Métis (HSM) peoples. The site includes 8 Operating CANDU reactors as well as ancillary facilities. Nuclear Power has been safely generated from the site for the past 50 years, initially through the Douglas Point Nuclear Generating Station (1968-1982) and subsequently through the Bruce A and Bruce B Nuclear Generating Stations which were put into service from 1977 to 1979 and from 1984 to 1987 respectively.

Bruce Power is committed to protecting health, safety and the environment through the operations of our facilities. This includes conducting our relationship with the local First Nations and Metis communities with open, transparent and respectful engagement. We focus on building and strengthening our relationships through our openness to learn and incorporate traditional knowledge, values, and considerations.

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IRSN Commitments

The goal of the IRSN is to adhere and commit to the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) Progressive Aboriginal Relation (PAR) pillars of Leadership, Employment, Business Development and Community Relationships, through the commitment of its members to join and participate in the CCAB PAR program.

The Indigenous Relations Program is concentrating on how to support the involvement of Indigenous people in the economic spin-off activities produced through ongoing operations and future MCR developments.

Bruce Power’s Supply Chain is committed to work on how Suppliers can hire, train and employ Indigenous peoples as well as contracting directly with Indigenous owned businesses.

Bruce Power suppliers who are interested in participating in the IRSN should contact Christine John at christine.john@brucepower.com

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Business Development

PAR Definition: Business development is defined as the commitment of resources (time and money) to the development of business relationships with Indigenous owned businesses. These activities are sustained through mutual benefit. Capacity building and mentorship also directly relate to sustaining, enhancing or developing future business development.

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Training, Employment & Education

The promotion and delivery of tuition aid and scholarships to make funding available to Indigenous students pursuing post-secondary educations.

The promotion and delivery of work placement and training opportunities for qualified Indigenous applicants to provide them the tools to excel in their respective careers.

The promotion and delivery of initiatives to remove barriers for Indigenous people in the workplace and ensure that IRSN can recruit and retain Indigenous talent.

The IRSN encourages the Building Trades Unions to work with the Indigenous Employment and Training Program to find suitable resources to apprentice into the Trades and join Union Hiring Halls.

The expansion of Union outreach to include the IRSN’s Indigenous hiring strategies.

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Community Relationships

The Community Relationships Driver is organized into two components:

Engagement: which is defined as providing time and resources to develop and sustain positive and progressive relationships with Indigenous communities, groups and partners.

Support: which is defined as a commitment to develop positive and progressive relationships with Indigenous communities, groups, and stakeholders by providing financial and/or in-kind support.

*CCAB PAR definitions.

Community Relationship Areas of Focus

Community Initiatives centred on Health & Wellness, and Environment

Youth Leadership through Education and Sports programs

Cultural Events through Awareness Activities and Celebrations

Community Infrastructure as it pertains to Public Works and Recreation

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