2022 Indigenous Reconciliation & Connectivity Report

Indigenous artwork superimposed on a large tree trunk with sky above
Learn more about TELUS’ reconciliation commitments and actions, and the remarkable outcomes that Indigenous communities are driving.

TELUS collaborated with Yahl ‘Aadas (Cori Savard), Haida Nation, on the intent, context, and manner of the art used on this page. Photo Credit: Mason Mashon, Saddle Lake Cree Nation. Read about our commitment to artistic integrity.

Large sun in the style of Coast Salish art, a symbol of unity and life-giving abundance.

Our reconciliation commitment

TELUS, in partnership with Indigenous Peoples, is committed to progressing the path of reconciliation in a deeply meaningful way, and is dedicated to fulfilling our role and responsibilities in alignment with Indigenous-led frameworks of reconciliation.

Our guiding pillars

Our reconciliation strategy weaves together our strategic intent, TELUS values, and corporate priorities with four guiding pillars where TELUS believes we can enable the greatest outcomes as informed by Indigenous Peoples. It is underpinned by the integration of Indigenous ways of knowing and ethical space into TELUS.

Nine members of the Indigenous Advisory Council gathered together.

Indigenous Advisory Council

Learning from Indigenous voices, TELUS has enlisted the services of experts in their field with lived experience to support our Indigenous Reconciliation Action Plan (IRAP). The advisors will contribute strategic guidance on IRAP initiatives and provide their perspectives on how the initiatives can make meaningful progress towards reconciliation. In addition, they will advise TELUS in ongoing relationship development with Indigenous peoples and share Indigenous values and teachings as respected voices of their communities.

Read more about the first four Advisors guiding TELUS’ Reconciliation Action Plan here. Details on the IRAP Advisory Council's Terms of Reference are found here.

Our Indigenous reconciliation action plan

TELUS is working on the implementation of our first five-year Indigenous Reconciliation Action Plan (IRAP), remaining steadfast in our accountability to our Reconciliation commitments. TELUS team members are approaching our goals thoughtfully and respectfully, while ensuring steady progress and innovation in our goals. Our learning journey continues and we have created enhancements to existing goals. We continue to push for innovation and creativity through responding to the needs of Indigenous communities and we have increased the number of goals within our plan. We are pleased to share our Year 1 results.

A canoe filled with paddlers crosses Mamquam Blind Channel in BC

Photo Credit: Mason Mashon, Saddle Lake Cree Nation.

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Enabling connectivity with Indigenous communities

Using TELUS' world-leading technology and passion for creating stronger, healthier communities, we strive to enable the greatest outcomes as informed by Indigenous Peoples.

Supporting Indigenous-led solutions

Learn how TELUS is putting our commitment to social impact into action.

Witness Blanket

Inspired by a woven blanket, the Witness Blanket is a large-scale work of art that bears witness to the experience and the legacy of Canada’s residential schools. It contains hundreds of items reclaimed from residential schools, churches, government buildings and traditional and cultural structures from across Canada, as well as pieces donated by survivors and their families.

TELUS is honoured to partner with the Canadian Museum of Human Rights and master carver and artist Carey Newman to provide the funding, tools and resources to digitize the Witness Blanket.

The Witness Blanket bears witness to the experience and the legacy of Canada’s residential schools.

Photo: Jessica Sigurdson, CMHR

Indigenous Communities Fund

The TELUS Indigenous Communities Fund provides flexible grants to Indigenous-led programs supporting Indigenous Peoples across Canada. 

Together, we can make the future friendly. That’s why TELUS is putting funds into the hands of Indigenous leaders and community groups who know their communities best. The TELUS Indigenous Communities Fund grants support Indigenous programs and community initiatives meeting social, health, cultural, and community needs.

Indigenous artwork superimposed over an aerial view photo of Nootka Island, B.C.

Artwork: nch7mut | One Heart, One Mind, One People
míkw’achi7m | Marissa Nahanee, sḵwx̱wú7mesh and nisga’a Nation
Photo Credit: Mason Mashon, Saddle Lake Cree Nation.

TELUS Pollinator Fund for Good

The TELUS Pollinator Fund for Good powers the biggest, boldest, bravest ideas and the next generation of startups building tech for good. We invest in entrepreneurs addressing the biggest challenges in health, education, agriculture and the environment, by connecting them with the resources and capital they need to grow and thrive.

The TELUS Pollinator Fund for Good showcases TELUS’ long-standing commitment to our communities by leveraging the power of technology to drive better social outcomes and economic growth.

A bee hovering over a flower

Supporting Indigenous Women at risk

Indigenous women and girls in Canada are 12 times more likely to be murdered or go missing than any other women.

Developed with Indigenous-led organizations, this program provides free smartphones and fully subsidized plans to Indigenous women at risk of or surviving violence, connecting them to emergency services, virtual healthcare and wellness resources, as well as to friends, family and other vital support networks.

A landscape photo of Howe Sound and surrounding mountains at sunset.

Photo: Atl’kitsem | Texwnéwets | Howe Sounds, B.C. David Ward, Lil'wat First Nation

Finding strength in connection

Listening and learning from Indigenous voices.
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TELUS’ commitment to artistic integrity

We are committed to supporting the artistic practices of Indigenous Peoples, while being mindful of the historic role organizations have played in the misappropriation of Indigenous art and culture. We have an obligation and responsibility to ensure that TELUS’ use of Indigenous art in our digital and physical spaces is respectful of Indigenous artists. TELUS works with each artist to ensure that they retain full intellectual property and control over their work.

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