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Aboriginal Relations

Indigenous Relations

CN operates within or adjacent to nearly 230 reserve lands of more than 120 First Nations and Métis peoples in eight provinces in Canada and seven reservations in the United States. Working alongside Indigenous communities across the CN network, we make it a priority to strengthen our ties, cultivate respectful and mutually beneficial relationships, create economic opportunities, and work toward reconciliation.

CN’s Indigenous Vision

  • Develop respectful and mutually beneficial relationships with all Indigenous peoples, while ensuring service to our customers.
  • Be recognized by key stakeholders, including customers and governments, as having a sound approach to engaging with Indigenous communities and having a respectful and sustainable relationship with Indigenous peoples across the CN network.

  Read CN’s corporate commitment toward reconciliation (PDF)

Our Logo

Our Indigenous Relations logo has been inspired by the relationships CN maintains with all Indigenous peoples in Canada. The First Nations are represented by the eagle feather, the Métis by the infinity symbol and the Inuit by the Inukshuk. The three symbols together with the CN logo show the Company's commitment to developing and maintaining respectful and sustainable relationships with Indigenous peoples across our network. CN worked with the University of Winnipeg's Indigenous Studies group to create the logo.

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Indigenous Relations Team

Mélanie Allaire
Head of Indigenous Relations


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Daniel Gagné
Senior Manager, Indigenous Relations and Engagement


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Vanessa James
Manager, Indigenous Relations, Employment Partnerships


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Jennifer Jerome
Manager, Indigenous Relations
Quebec & Maritimes


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Karla Graf
Manager, Indigenous Relations
BC North


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Steven Santelli
Manager, Indigenous Relations
Saskatchewan and Manitoba


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Theresa Nelson
Manager, Indigenous Relations


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Tyler Mitchell
Manager, Indigenous Relations
BC South & Alberta


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Joslin Sanger
Coordinator, Indigenous Relations

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