Our industry understands the importance of building long-term, mutually beneficial relationships with all key stakeholders, including Indigenous communities.
Much of our work takes place in and around communities. We’re committed to being good neighbours through regular consultation and communication with local landowners and affected communities. For many of our member companies, these communities are not only where they operate, but where their people live.
Our members are committed to developing relationships with stakeholders based on transparency, mutual respect and trust. By working together, we can make a positive and lasting impact in the communities in which our member companies do business.
It is our intent that stakeholders feel their community is improved by the oil and natural gas industry being there. Our member companies actively participate in the communities in which they live and work in many ways, including through training and employment, by contributing to the tax base and by providing funding and volunteer support to local charitable and community-based organizations.
As an industry, we strive to improve how we work with communities. This means asking for feedback early and often, seeking to understand concerns, and responding in a timely manner. Because that's what a good neighbour does.
There is a distinct trend within Canada’s oil and natural gas industry to work more closely with Indigenous communities; to grow energy development in a sustainable and mutually beneficial manner. Where it’s feasible, companies have been working with communities, looking for ways to build positive relationships that help create opportunities for communities and companies.
In its final report issued in 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada pointed toward a future of reconciliation for all Canadians and issued 94 Calls to Action. Specifically, Call to Action 92: Business and Reconciliation, has given guidance to Canada’s oil and natural gas sector, and encouraged CAPP to produce a discussion paper on how the principles of UNDRIP can form a framework for engagement and interaction between Indigenous peoples and the oil and natural gas industry.
View CAPP’s UNDRIP discussion paper.
Long before the Commission’s report was issued, the upstream oil and natural gas sector worked to improve relations with Indigenous peoples and communities, recognizing that Canada’s natural resources belong to all Canadians, and all Canadians deserve to benefit from resource development. The industry has decades of work and leadership in this regard, with demonstrable, positive, mutually beneficial results.
The growing trend toward deeper engagement, and the experience of individual Indigenous communities that have engaged in economic partnerships and other programs in collaboration with industry, prove that the economic participation of Indigenous peoples in resource development is desirable. These opportunities help Indigenous communities to build pathways into prosperity, and are tangible, positive steps toward overall reconciliation. How industry does business continues to evolve as we recognize sustainable Indigenous economic futures are critical to building a stronger industry and a stronger Canada.
Industry growth drives opportunity
Of course, opportunities for learning and improvement continue to arise. The oil and natural gas industry is open to meaningful dialogue, and developing respectful relationships and partnerships that lead to mutual benefits and a strong shared future for both industry and Indigenous communities. Companies are working to find their own path forward with the communities in whose traditional territory they operate. At times conflict still exists, but the foundation for understanding has been laid.
Working with the Fishing Industry
Canada's oil and natural gas industry has worked to develop positive, collaborative relationships with the fishing industry through effective communication and engagement. Our industry conducts its operations in Atlantic Canada with a goal of minimizing its operational impact on the environment and other ocean users.
The fishing industry is consulted as part of the environmental assessment process and communications strategies are built into project planning to ensure fishers are aware of ongoing offshore activity. The fishing industry is also advised of specific programs like marine seismic surveys through direct communication with unions and committees, public service announcements in local media and notices to mariners/shipping.