Today’s young leaders are shaping tomorrow’s future. Nowhere is this more true than when speaking about young Indigenous leaders—their voices are helping shape Indigenous participation in energy development. With that in mind, we’re creating partnerships to engage with Indigenous youth and provide reciprocal learning opportunities. This means learning from the Indigenous Youth Advisory Council (IYAC) and looking for ways for Indigenous youth to participate within Suncor and with our partners.
IYAC was established in 2019 as a way for the Suncor Energy Foundation’s (SEF’s) Board of Directors, various teams within Suncor, including senior leadership, and young Indigenous leaders to come together on issues that are impacting Indigenous communities and our collective future.
Through IYAC, Suncor and SEF receive advisory support that help Suncor fulfil its purpose and SEF to have well-informed strategic areas of focus and direction. The group also provides advice to Suncor’s Indigenous Relations VP Forum, where collaboratively we work to progress Indigenous relations within the company.
While helping us create approaches to our business with an Indigenous lens, IYAC also supports Indigenous youth in developing leadership potential and provides them with opportunities to be part of the energy development discussion.