Presentation on theme: "Working with First Nations Synergy Conference 2014 November 4, 2014 Edmonton, AB."— Presentation transcript:
Working with First Nations Synergy Conference 2014 November 4, 2014 Edmonton, AB
Outline of Presentation 1. About Me 2. Understanding Our Communities 3. Map of Hydrocarbons and First Nations Reserves 4. Past Practices – History 5. What does Industry and First Nations relations look like now 6. How does this apply to Industry?
About Me Member of the Sucker Creek Cree Nation in northern Alberta and has a Bachelor of Arts with a Double Major in Political Science and History from the University of British Columbia Spent over 17 years working with various First Nations communities nationally in the areas of energy and resources, education, research as well as program and economic development. Currently, Director of National Energy Business Centre of Excellence. Work with First Nations across the country who are either engaged, or who are looking to engage, in the country’s energy and resource sectors. In my work at NEBCE, I have worked to address many of the barriers First Nations face in energy and resource development today. Cheryl Cardinal
Understanding our communities Work with Indigenous communities internationally understanding development through facilitation of discussion and increasing energy literacy
List of Hydrocarbon Regions and First Nations reserves This map the different hydrocarbon regions with First Nations communities represented by the white dots
Past Practices Historically, how have Industry and First Nations work together?
History Many ways to describe Industry and First Nations relations. There is not one way to describe how both groups work together Development takes place in or around First Nations communities. Historically, First Nations were passive royalty takers with little benefit going to the First Nations communities
What do Industry and First Nations relations look like now? How can meaningful relationships be created?
First Nations Participation in projects Tour around the Sahtu communities Fort Good Hope Norman Wells Deline Tulita Colville Lake attended the Fort Good Hope session. Lessons that can be learned from this experience: each community will have their own perspective on development First Nations are not anti development but rather want to proceed with involvement and consent First Nations Approach
Creating Strong Relationships Companies understand what your project looking for? Companies should begin taking active steps to work with communities Taking active steps to build the relationship Iron Workers – Project requiring a certain number of positions Company A – Talks with the community and walks away because no Iron Workers Company B – You will start an apprenticeship program to create opportunities that benefit both First Nations and companies Understand where you are working and the First Nations communities that you work with
Managing Expectations First Nations are increasing becoming involved in developing resources whether it is through direct development or by creating opportunities through economic spin-offs Increasing understanding of development Employment Contracting opportunities Mitigating environmental impacts
How does this apply to you? Mitigate your risk Projects happen in and around First Nations communities Numerous examples of what happens when you ignore or are unaware of how to deal with First Nations interests Projects that have NOT reached some agreement with First Nations produce greater investor risk to companies Managing Expectations – Keeps projects moving forward Creates certainty for senior management and stakeholders