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    Indigenous Engagement is Critical for Successful Energy Projects

    Indigenous Engagement is Critical for Successful Energy Projects

    Indigenous engagement is critical for any successful energy development, and that includes engaging on a community-based scale. In 2019, Indigenous peoples made up 7.4% of oil and natural gas workers, in comparison, Indigenous people make up 3.3%  of total employment in Canada.

    As the oil and gas industry grows, and Indigenous engagement and participation increases as well, it is important to consider Canada’s reconciliation efforts, and what can still be done. A large part of an overall reconciliation and engagement strategy includes ‘economic reconciliation’. The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers defines economic reconciliation as:

    “Identifying and finding feasible ways together to share economic opportunities arising from resource development, while continuing to learn, improve and grow strong relationships based on trust and respect.”

    What does this look like for the oil industry? 

    It starts first with a meaningful commitment to engagement, which includes building respectful relationships and ensuring informed consent of Indigenous peoples before the development of projects. Then, making sure that Indigenous peoples have opportunities for job placements and training, to ensure communities are able to receive long-term benefits from projects. Next, ensure that your project management and staff have an understanding of the history of the land and the Indigenous people who live on it.

    Industry Interest

    Indigenous youth are among the fastest-growing demographic in Canada, and demonstrate a local and stable workforce, helping to keep the Canadian oil and gas industry truly Canadian. As well, Indigenous peoples’ deep connection and understanding of the land can help to inform studies on the impacts on local ecosystems. This relationship has helped companies improve their overall environmental performance.

    To learn more about AiM’s Indigenous Engagement Strategies reach out to Lindsay at:

    The True Nature of AiM Land –

    We are a full service land consulting firm with innovative and expert knowledge of the land. We offer expertise for a broad spectrum of major energy projects across Canada and the United States. We are a full-service broker that does all portions of a project internally; we do not outsource any part of the work. We utilize leading edge technology to reduce costs, improve communications, and ultimately deliver the project more efficiently and done for the best price. Our strong and dynamic team brings extensive knowledge from the field and varying experiences to each project.

    Reach out to connect with us to learn how we can help with your project. 

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    Gabrielle Leakes
    Operations Manager | AiM Land
    D: 403-648-5421
    AiM Land Services