Meaningful engagement, consultation and partnership with Indigenous groups—particularly in the regions where we operate—is a priority for Pathways Alliance.
Working with Indigenous-owned businesses
Canada’s oil sands industry has a long history of collaborating with Indigenous groups to enable them to acquire equity and share in the benefits of responsible resource development. Indigenous-owned businesses have become an integral part of the oil sands industry over the past four decades.
chain spending *
Between 2020 and 2022, more than $10 billion of equipment and services was procured from Indigenous-owned and -operated businesses. The sharp increase reflects factors such as the incremental economic recovery from the economic downturn and COVID-19, and the high level of operations and capital spending by oil sands companies since 2015.
Pathways member companies invested $110 million between 2020-2022, supporting Indigenous community initiatives and projects from Wood Buffalo all the way to the Cold Lake region. This investment helped fund and develop education, employment/training programs, environmental initiatives, infrastructure and social and cultural program funding.
*Data collected from 2017 to 2019 by CAPP Survey (historical data). Figures from 2020 and 2022 were collected by Pathways Alliance. Research indicates the oil sands sector spent about $4.6 billion on procurement from Indigenous businesses in 2022.
Indigenous workforce participation
Pathways member companies aspire to create workforces that reflect the population in the areas where they operate. Several initiatives aim to increase the workforce participation of Indigenous peoples across all sectors of our operations.
Our proposed carbon capture and storage (CCS) project
An open and collaborative relationship with Indigenous groups is vital as we progress our emissions-reduction plan and proposed CCS project. We’ve started early engagement and continue to seek input from Indigenous leaders and groups who have an essential and living relationship with the land, air and water.
We recognize the importance of undertaking a robust regulatory and a comprehensive Indigenous consultation and engagement process for the project. While we’ve just begun this process, we’ll ensure Indigenous groups are heard, potential concerns are understood and appropriate mitigation is developed.
Care for the environment in the communities where we operate is a core value for Pathways Alliance. We have an opportunity to create a path forward, build shared prosperity, work together on environmental stewardship and help Canada achieve its climate goals.