We are committed to preserving the unique traditions, culture and social structure of Aboriginal communities. Our objective is to develop respectful and mutually beneficial relationships with all Aboriginal people.
Through open dialogue with Chiefs and Councils, we understand that Aboriginal people care about land claims and resolving past issues, while preserving their traditional cultures and environments and building their economic well-being.
We work with Aboriginal people to provide economic benefits to local bands and with Aboriginal Affairs employment initiatives. As an active member of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business we are supporting various business development activities. We engage Aboriginal people through Railway Pre-Employment Training programs in British Columbia; and the Tribal Chiefs Association of Alberta, which encourage band members to apply for CN positions. We also sponsored the University of Winnipeg Indigenous Development program and the Soaring: Indigenous Youth Career Conferences, which aim to increase high school graduation rates and employment of young Aboriginal people.
We have Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) with Aboriginal groups, which include sections on employment, business opportunities and, archaeological and environmental matters. Controversies are rare and we believe informal dialogue is the best way to resolve issues, but if they cannot be resolved informally, the MOUs contain grievance and resolution mechanisms. The process may include a review by CN’s Ombudsman office.