PTW honours relationship with the land and Indigenous Peoples at client operations
The West Moberly First Nations has been a long-standing partner of PTW Energy Services and is in the Peace River region in Northeastern BC within Treaty 8 territory – the same territory as one of our clients, where our team is providing electrical and instrumentation (E&I) services for phase II in their site’s construction.
In partnership with the West Moberly First Nations, PTW officially opened the next project phase with a grounding ceremony by Elder Dean Dokkie, former Council member with the West Moberly First Nations. Dean began the ceremony with a prayer in traditional Dene language and a smudge as a way to honour the land and protect the project and all that interact with it. Individuals in attendance, consisting of both members of PTW and the client participated in the ceremony and recognized the importance of our relationship to the land and with Indigenous communities.
“The grounding ceremony demonstrates respect for the land the project is situated on and the First Peoples of the land we work on in this, and other pursuits. This is an important step for us; not only because of our relationship with our partners at West Moberly First Nation, but also to acknowledge and demonstrate respect for other Indigenous neighbours in Treaty 8. The health of the project will benefit.” comments Sandra Sutter, Indigenous Partnerships Manager with PTW.
PTW strives to ensure that individuals affected by our organizational activities are provided with the opportunity to participate with us and through our Indigenous partnerships, we aim to increase the participation of Indigenous communities whenever practical.