Artwork by Ovila Mailhot
With investments in Indigenous communities, we work to create positive, prosperous change.
More Than Donations
Together, BCAA and Evo are taking more action to support local Indigenous entrepreneurs and organizations. These efforts involve seeking out meaningful opportunities to drive value and support community partnerships and organizations.
Indigenous Artist Spotlight
This year, to commemorate National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, we commissioned artwork created by Ovila Mailhot, a self-taught artist originally from Seabird Island, BC, with roots in the Nlaka'pamux and Stó:lō Nations.
To me Truth and Reconciliation Day is the day we honour the residential school survivors and children our people lost.Ovila Mailhot, Artist
Digital screens at Service Locations and Auto Service Centres featured Ovila’s art, depicting two Salish eagles within a heart – clean and simple, yet elegant and bold.
Doing Our Part
As a 117-year-old purpose-led organization, we must do our part to reflect on our complex historical role with Indigenous Peoples and to advance reconciliation. Here are a few ways we’re promoting prosperity in Indigenous communities:
- Evo has an ongoing partnership with Brendin Kelly, an Indigenous content creator, and continually amplifies their work to Members and our local community through our social media and other channels.
- Through our BCAA Gives Back platform, our team members can contribute to Indigenous organizations advocating to keep Indigenous culture and history alive, and who are working hard to improve the lives of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples across the province and country. These include the Indian Residential School Survivors Society (IRSSS), Indigenous Perspectives Society, Reconciliation Canada, RAVEN (Respecting Aboriginal Values and Environmental Needs) and The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund.
- Evo partners with the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre to offer discounted museum entry and access to guided tours and storytelling, traditional drum songs and more.
- During National Indigenous History Month, Evo partnered with Talaysay Tours to offer Members a Talking Trees natural walking tour, where a local guide shared shíshálh (Sechelt) Coast Salish & Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) ecological practices, history, stories, legends and Indigenous ways of living (knowing).
Our Impact Report
We’ve committed to tracking our progress in three pillars – People, Planet and Prosperity. These measures tell us when we’re on track, when we’re doing better than expected and where we need to course-correct. Take a look at how we’re doing so far.