On 29 November, Canadian telecommunications company, TELUS, launched their Indigenous Reconciliation Action Plan. After lengthy collaboration with Indigenous peoples in Canada, the plan is grounded in a framework of reconciliation rooted in Indigenous values. The programme includes initiatives like the Indigenous Community Fund, which provides grants to Indigenous-led projects geared towards developing and supporting Indigenous peoples in Canada, in addition to initiatives to extend telecommunications connectivity to Indigenous communities, particularly for the most vulnerable.
TELUS have taken an significant step forward through this action plan by giving Indigenous groups a platform to exercise agency in outlining what reconciliation means for them. Therefore, communities can fashion a future that holds indigenous values dear. As well as offering a deeper understanding of the issues communities face, this action plan is promising for the natural environment. Indeed, many of the communities involved have highlighted the significant cultural importance of protecting nature. TELUS, also, have taken this juncture as an opportunity to reflect on their own business model: they are reviewing hiring practices, partnership models, and investment policies.