Alexander First Nation and Dow Canada Sign MOU to Advance Relationship

Alexander First Nation, Alberta – August 21, 2023 – During the Alexander First Nation’s (AFN) annual Treaty Day, AFN and Dow Canada (Dow) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to formalize a mutually beneficial process to engage and share information about Dow’s operations and proposed Path2Zero expansion project in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta.

“Dow Canada seeks to authentically, respectfully, and equitably advance Indigenous inclusion, as we work towards delivering long-term value growth through sustainability,” said Diego Ordonez, president of Dow Canada. “AFN and Dow hold shared values and principles, which underpin the relationship that we continue to build with the community. We are honoured to be included in the Nation’s Treaty Day ceremonies and celebrations.”

"We are pleased to form this partnership with Dow Canada – working responsibly with industry partners will contribute to our goals of sustainable, responsible development and economic sovereignty," said Alexander First Nation Chief George Arcand Jr. "Inviting Indigenous Peoples to decision-making tables can help build a prosperous economy for everyone. It is up to us to ensure our communities have healthy, vibrant futures."

The shared vision of Dow and AFN is to engage in discussions regarding community, education, culture and business to build mutual understanding and positive relationships. Under the MOU, Dow and AFN will share information and work together to further common interests.

Related links: Dow Canada Indigenous Inclusion

Dow Canada president Diego Ordonez and Alexander First Nation Chief George Arcand Jr. sign the MOU and share a gift

About Alexander First Nation
Alexander First Nation takes its name after Chief Katstaweskum, whose baptismal name was Alexandre, the first Chief of Alexander First Nation. Alexander First Nation is located approximately 56 km northwest of Edmonton. The nation has 2,481 total members with 982 members living on reserve. The Alexander First Nation mission is to provide physical, emotional and mental well being for every member of the community through the provision of quality health, social, cultural, economic, employment training and education programs and opportunities.

About Dow
Canada Dow Canada, a subsidiary of Dow, employs approximately 770 people in Canada. Headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Dow Canada has four manufacturing locations: Fort Saskatchewan and Prentiss (Lacombe County) in Alberta and West Hill (Toronto) and St. Clair River (Corunna) in Ontario. Dow produces polyethylene in Alberta. The St Clair River site modifies polyethylene and polypropylene. Both polyethylene and polypropylene products are used to make a broad range of innovative and technology-based products and solutions in the packaging, industrial and infrastructure, and consumer care industries. At the West Hill location, Dow manufactures water-based emulsions, which go into a variety of products, the biggest single application being latex paint. For more information, please visit

About Dow
Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines global breadth; asset integration and scale; focused innovation and materials science expertise; leading business positions; and environmental, social and governance leadership to achieve profitable growth and help deliver a sustainable future. The Company's ambition is to become the most innovative, customer centric, inclusive and sustainable materials science company in the world. Dow's portfolio of plastics, industrial intermediates, coatings and silicones businesses delivers a broad range of differentiated, science-based products and solutions for its customers in high growth market segments, such as packaging, infrastructure, mobility and consumer applications. Dow operates manufacturing sites in 31 countries and employs approximately 37,800 people. Dow delivered sales of approximately $57 billion in 2022. References to Dow or the Company mean Dow Inc. and its subsidiaries. For more information, please visit or follow @DowNewsroom on Twitter.

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