Member Aboriginal Affairs
On an individual basis, our members work to develop relationships with Aboriginal communities across Canada. To find out more about their Aboriginal affairs programs, please visit their corporate websites.
Members in Action
Suncor Energy Inc.
As of 2013, Aboriginal companies have earned almost $3 billion in revenues as partners with Suncor Energy. 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.
Syncrude Canada Ltd.
Syncrude Canada Ltd. is one of only 11 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.
Japan Canada Oil Sands (JACOS) - Hangingstone Expansion Project – Aboriginal Review Group
In collaboration with aboriginal stakeholders, JACOS established an advisory group made up of potentially impacted First Nations, Metis locals and aboriginal trappers. This group, the Aboriginal Review Group (ARG), provided their collective traditional knowledge to JACOS and their consultants while conducting the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the expansion of their steam-assisted gravity drainage oil sands project. JACOS provided an independent third party environmental consulting firm to the ARG to review and critique all work associated with the EIA, the project submission and supplemental information requests. Prior to the commencing clearing for the project, JACOS and the ARG held a "pre-disturbance" ceremony to bless the land. The ARG is currently involved in advising JACOS on various environmental monitoring plans and will be involved with observing construction and operational activities. JACOS committed to continued support of the ARG until final reclamation of the project when the land will be returned to the status of unoccupied Crown land and Aboriginal Peoples have the right once again to pursue traditional activities.
ConocoPhillips Canada - Tour of hydraulic fracturing site builds awareness in Sahtu communitiesIn support of its proposed exploration program in the Central Mackenzie Valley, ConocoPhillips Canada – in collaboration with Husky Energy, Schlumberger, the Canadian Society for Unconventional Resources (CSUR) and the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) – conducted a workshop and tour of a ConocoPhillips Canada hydraulic fracturing site near Red Deer, Alberta. The program included 15 delegates from communities in the Sahtu region of the Northwest Territories.
Multi-stage hydraulic fracturing has never been conducted in the Northwest Territories and ConocoPhillips Canada wanted to prepare communities for the type of activity that could potentially be expected. Representatives were flown to Alberta to participate in information-sharing sessions that included presentations, visual aids and extensive dialogue with industry experts. This was followed by a guided tour of a hydraulic fracturing site. The collaborative model proved very successful, with tour participants recognizing the project's potential and the need for continued collaboration.
Imperial Oil - Children's book records stories from Aboriginal communities near Kearl
Imperial Oil announced the start-up of Kearl Oil Sands (Kearl) on April 27, 2013. As part of celebrating first oil at Kearl, Imperial produced a children's book to create a record of the stories told across generations in Kearl's surrounding communities. The book, Our Stories Help the Northern Lights Dance, features stories collected from Fort Chipewyan and Fort McKay elders and was written by Northwest Territories author Richard Van Camp with illustrations by local children with assistance from Alberta artist George Littlechild.
Copies of the book were presented to local First Nations and Métis elders, as well as community schools and libraries. The book is one of the ways Imperial is giving back to the communities who have shared not only their stories, but also their deep understanding and respect for the land where the company operates Kearl.