Industry works with potentially affected aboriginal groups to seek ways to mitigate the impacts of oil sands development.
Alberta's aboriginal population is young and growing. With a number of aboriginal communities located near oil sands developments, solid relationships with industry have created mutually beneficial employment and business opportunities.
We believe that people living close to our operations should share in the benefits in ways that are meaningful to them. As an industry we strive to actively engage those communities through regular communication to identify both concerns and meaningful benefits. CAPP member companies work with aboriginal communities to seek ways to mitigate the impacts of oil and gas development in their traditional territory. Depending on the scope of the development, this consultation may occur throughout the life of the project, from initial project planning through to final reclamation.
In 2013 and 2014, more than 300 aboriginal companies from across Alberta had direct business (goods and/or services) with oil sands, natural gas and pipeline companies. This business generated around $4 billion dollars over the past two years. These companies represent 54 communities across Alberta. (Source: CAPP 2015)
Oil sands companies proudly contribute time, skills and financial support to enhance communities where we work. In 2013, these companies contributed more than $6 million to aboriginal communities in Wood Buffalo and Lac La Biche regions for school and youth programs, celebrations, cultural events, literacy projects and other community programs. (Source: OSCA 2014)