Our partners and youth have taught us that organizations and programs rooted in culture and reconciliation lead to pride in self and culture, and we’re particularly focused on building stronger connections with Indigenous youth.
The Indigenous Youth Advisory Council (IYAC) was established in 2019 following many years of discussions with several young Indigenous leaders, including those who had attended Suncor Energy Foundation (SEF) Gatherings and participants from the Indigenous Student Program.
The IYAC is an opportunity for the SEF board, our Indigenous and Community Relations team and various senior leaders and Indigenous youth to share, listen, reflect and act on issues of mutual interest that are impacting communities and the lives of Indigenous youth. Aligned with our social goal, it also supports young Indigenous leaders in developing their leadership potential while providing opportunities to participate in the energy system.
IYAC acts as an advisory group to SEF and Suncor to support and inspire Suncor to fulfill its purpose; advise SEF on strategic areas of focus and future direction; and support and provide advice to our Indigenous Relations VP Forum.
Other objectives include:
- discussing and bringing forward Indigenous youth and community issues
- promoting a transfer of knowledge between Indigenous youth, Elders, SEF and Suncor while building trust, rapport and strengthening relationships
- strengthening Elder and youth relationships to support continued cultural learning and connection to the community
As the relationship between IYAC members, SEF and Suncor evolves, we will revisit these objectives on an ongoing basis.