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.
CAPP participates in Synergy Alberta, a non-profit society that supports Alberta synergy groups. It embodies the principle of working together to resolve issues, lessen impacts and encourage the use of best practices in the areas of health, safety and the environment.
The Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) builds bridges between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples, businesses, and communities through diverse programming, providing tools, training, network building, major business awards and national events.
CAPP member companies have worked to develop positive and mutually-beneficial relationships with Indigenous communities near their operations. CAPP works with its member companies, government and Indigenous partners to help develop policies and processes that will support these efforts.
Fort McKay is one nation that oil sands developers work closely with, such as the partnership between Suncor, the Fort McKay First Nation and Mikisew Cree First Nation (MCFN). "The economic benefits generated from this deal will help our Nation build capacity within our businesses, develop infrastructure in our community, fund social economic programs, and provide us with the means to help pay for education and training for our youth," said Archie Waquan, Chief of MCFN. "This will be felt in our community for generations to come."
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.