Aboriginal Relations

Corporate Responsibility

Aboriginal Relations

We often work on or are in close proximity to traditional Aboriginal land. Our teams work with these communities on a daily basis to build and maintain mutually beneficial relationships. Through understanding, respect and cooperation we strive to maintain strong relationships.

We are committed to understand the unique needs and culture of each Aboriginal community we work with and share information on upcoming projects and development. We make a point of understanding their protocols. The knowledge and experience they share help us better understand the surroundings and our impact. Learning about traditional cultures, wildlife, and how the landscape has changed over the years is part of our long-term commitment to these communities.

Aboriginal Business Development and Employment

When working with Aboriginal communities, Canadian Natural’s approach to business development is to build long-term relationships based on mutual respect and open dialogue.

Our focus is on increasing employment of Aboriginal peoples, identifying business opportunities, and building their capacity to participate in our operations through new and existing businesses.
In Wabasca-Desmarais (the Pelican Lake operations), for example, the majority of our contract operators are Aboriginal. We also work with several local businesses ranging from heavy equipment to camp services and continue to develop successful relationships with Aboriginal contractors.

Our Community Liaisons share information about our projects and work with Aboriginal businesses and contractors to ensure they are pre-qualified to be part of our contracting process. We meet regularly with communities to outline the type of developments we have planned, upcoming contracting opportunities and how to submit bid applications. We continue to increase our level of consultation with Aboriginal groups regarding our activities on public lands throughout Western Canada to ensure we work with them on areas of specific concern.

Read more about our work with Aboriginal contractors.