Aboriginal Peoples 

Our industry respects and understands the unique interests and constitutional rights of Aboriginal communities.

The Issue: Working Together to Understand Concerns

The exploration and development of oil and gas resources can result in shared and potentially conflicting interests in a region for industry and Aboriginal Peoples. This can lead to misunderstandings and disagreement if we do not communicate openly and honestly with one another.

Courtesy JuneWarren Publications

It is beneficial to our industry to develop relationships with Aboriginal communities so that we understand each other’s interests and concerns, and work toward solutions that benefit all parties. We support the development of strong business relationships and partnerships based upon trust and respect.

For us, this means ensuring access to resources, minimizing delays for regulatory approvals, and gaining access to service industry companies and labour.

For Aboriginal communities, improved communication can lead to identification of the communities’ interests, concerns and priorities. It can also result in opportunities for local service providers, employment opportunities and industry agreements to avoid culturally or ecologically significant areas. 

What We’re Doing: Communication is the Key to Shared Success

To help our members develop and maintain strong relationships with Aboriginal communities, CAPP has created the publication Developing Effective Working Relationships With Aboriginal Communities. This guide encourages our industry to develop and maintain relationships with Aboriginal people, businesses and communities, and offers guidance to companies for their consultation efforts. 

In addition, many of our members share a long history of strong Aboriginal relations and working with Aboriginal and First Nations communities.

Suncor Energy Inc.

In 2008, Suncor Energy Inc. surpassed a $1 billion goods and services spending milestone with Aboriginal companies. Aboriginal owned and operated businesses have played a vital role in helping Suncor develop the Athabasca oil sands resource. The businesses range in scope and scale and include fuel distribution, maintenance, reclamation, heavy equipment operation, tire shredding, manufacturing, and hotel and airline services. Read more about Suncor's relationships with Aboriginal communities

Syncrude Canada Ltd.

Syncrude Canada Ltd. is one of only eight companies in Canada to be accredited at the Gold Level in the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business's Progressive Aboriginal Relations (PAR) program. PAR measures corporate performance in Aboriginal employment, business development, capacity development and community relations. Find out more about Syncrude's Aboriginal Relations

This Land Is

Canada’s North is a vast land. It is rich in customs, natural resources and opportunities. Inuit and First Nations’ cultures have been shaped by wisdom and respect of the land for thousands of years. Today, they are shaping how natural resources are developed.

This Land Is (CAPP publication about Canada's North)
(PDF | 2.8MB | Jul 2010)

Aboriginal and Community Support

In May 2011, the Oil Sands Developers Group (OSDG) completed its annual survey of OSGG members on Aboriginal and community support in the Athabasca oil sands area and, as in years past, the numbers demonstrate commitment and generosity to the community.

The OSDG 2011 Survey Results
(oilsandsdevelopers.ca | May 2011)

Aboriginal Relationships

Oil sands projects are long term. Understanding how Aboriginal peoples traditionally use the land, and their vision for their communities’ economic and social futures, helps guide development and regulation.

Fostering Effective Aboriginal Relationships
(PDF | 696.0KB | Jul 2011)

Meet Tyrone Brass,
Bayzik Electric

Employee Perspectives

Tyrone Brass spent nearly two decades working for Syncrude before heading out on his own five years ago to start his own company, Bayzik Electrical Valve and Instrumentation Inc.

Read about Tyrone Brass, From Employee to Entrepreneur


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