Dow celebrates National Indigenous Peoples Day

CALGARY, Alta. – June 21, 2023 – Dow recognizes National Indigenous History Month and National Indigenous Peoples Day by celebrating local partnerships.

"Today, on National Indigenous Peoples Day, we celebrate First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples’ unique histories, cultures, traditions and languages,” said Diego Ordonez, president of Dow Canada. “We recognize the importance of continuing to identify opportunities for meaningful Indigenous inclusion and relationship building.”

Dow is pleased to partner with the following organizations that support Indigenous Peoples:

  • Dow’s Indigenous Network volunteers will work with the Creating Hope Society of Alberta and Families First Society to support the National Indigenous Peoples Day events at Cardiff Park in Alberta.
  • On July 17 the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business will launch the Dow Indigenous Economy Fund program to empower Indigenous-owned businesses with grants. Learn about eligibility and how to apply.
  • The Indigenous Pregnancy and Infant Loss Comfort Boxes project will provide both practical and comforting items to help grieving Indigenous people and families after experiencing loss. Dow funded the project and the Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support Centre will implement it in consultation with Jessie Fiddler-Kiss, anti-racist Indigenous educator and organizational consultant and founder of the Moss Bag Project. Dow’s Indigenous Network, Disability Employee Network and Women’s Inclusion Network will volunteer to compile and deliver the comfort boxes to women in need.
  • Continued work with Indspire to break down financial barriers faced by Indigenous youth to complete post-secondary education through scholarships funded by Dow.
  • By helping to fund experiential learning programs at the University of Alberta, Dow helped DiscoverE with its work to decolonize its curriculum and bring Indigenous ways of knowing into the program. Through I-STEAM Pathways, Dow funded an environmental research internship student position, enabling First Nations, Métis or Inuit undergraduate students to gain research experience in environmental fields including science, environmental engineering, environmental law and policy.
  • Provided financial support to the City of Fort Saskatchewan to purchase flagpoles for the Treaty 6 and Métis Nation of Alberta flags to be raised at City Hall on Tuesday, June 27.

Dow Canada Indigenous Inclusion policy

Through the Dow Canada Indigenous Inclusion Policy, the Company continues to seek to connect with Indigenous talent; enhance cultural awareness within Dow; support Indigenous economic inclusion, respectfully engage with Indigenous communities and contribute to Indigenous organizations and initiatives.

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

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