Inclusion Education Employment Economic empowerment

Our progress on the shared path for reconciliation

Year-two update report | June 2022

Land acknowledgement

We acknowledge that Deloitte offices reside on traditional, treaty and unceded territories which is now known as Canada and is often referred to as Turtle Island by many Indigenous peoples. We acknowledge this land is still home to many First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples. We are all Treaty people.

CEO message

Actions speak louder than words. But when it comes to our shared reconciliation journey, making long-term progress demands that our actions be grounded by accountability and transparency.

That’s why I’m proud to share our Reconciliation Action Plan year-two update report: Our progress on the shared path for reconciliation. Since 2020, Deloitte has taken important steps to strengthen trust and rebuild relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples – staying true to our purpose to help and inspire all Canadians to thrive through access to knowledge and opportunities, and our shared values to foster inclusion and to look after each other.

We’ve made steady progress over the past 12 months, led by our incredible Deloitte Indigenous team. We shared our 4 Seasons of Reconciliation training with our clients and communities. We have built meaningful relationships with Indigenous organisations, including critical volunteer and pro bono engagements. And we advanced economic empowerment through our Indigenous Supplier Portal, helping spark new opportunities between Indigenous businesses and Deloitte stakeholders.

We are still building our foundation and remain committed to innovating our hiring models to help attract and retain more Indigenous leaders, while continuing to build a firm that is truly inclusive for Indigenous peoples at every level.

Thank you for reading this report and learning more about our reconciliation journey. We hope that our progress can help and inspire you, and us, together, to make an impact that matters.

June 2020 marks two years since the release of Deloitte’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), the first formal plan in corporate Canada that answered the call to action to businesses made by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (specifically, call to action No. 92). In the last two years we’ve seen many organizations join the path of reconciliation—collectively, we are seeing this country move in the right direction.

At Deloitte, we continue to make significant progress under the four pillars of education, inclusion, employment, and economic empowerment. We are committed to holding our firm accountable and are pleased to share our year two update report.

As we meet and exceed our goals, we will evolve this plan into its next iteration, as we advance on our journey of reconciliation. Thank you for reviewing our year two update report; we hope our transparency about the challenges we have faced can become useful to others as they start down their own path.

We welcome your thoughts, please email us at indigenous@deloitte.ca

Artist statement

“The image that you see above is a Saemauh, a tobacco plant. It is done in the Ojibwe pictography style, a style used to carry our legacy of storytelling down through the generations. The seven leaves represent the seven morals and codes that the Anishinaabe people use to walk in balance with all of creation; these are love, courage, truth, respect, humility, wisdom, and honesty. Deloitte’s Reconciliation Action Plan has four pillars so, within the tobacco plant, you’ll see four tiers to represent this; these are inclusion, education, employment, and economic empowerment.” 
Nyle Miigizi Johnston

Nyle Miigizi Johnston is an Anishinaabe artist and visual storyteller from the Great Lakes territory. Originally growing up in Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation, his work often takes inspiration from Ojibwe woodland art, combining his cultural traditions with universal messages of love, kindness, fairness, and care for Mother Earth, as well as more personal themes of identity and healing.

A continued path forward

There is a reason we refer to our plan as a journey: while we continue to make significant progress, there is still a long road ahead to decolonize our firm. I am committed to continuing on this path and ensuring we are indigenizing the way we think, the way we speak, and the way we act at Deloitte Canada.

Chi-miigwetch to the inspiring Indigenous leaders and allies who continue to help break down barriers and ensure we are focused on the following goals:

 

  • Increasing awareness of Indigenous history and cultures by creating an environment of curiosity and continual learning;
  • Building meaningful relationships with Indigenous communities to help create trust as well as opportunities for positive results and meaningful alliances;
  • Promoting and sustaining economic opportunities for Indigenous businesses; 
  • Encouraging Deloitte professionals and practitioners to participate in the reconciliation journey through learning and awareness, as well as through involvement in Indigenous cultural events; 
  • Creating an inclusive workplace that honours the history of Indigenous peoples, celebrates Indigenous cultures and traditions, and supports our Indigenous colleagues;
  • Focusing on attracting Indigenous professionals, practitioners, and clients to Deloitte for future collaborations, community initiatives, and employment opportunities.