Increased Indigenous participation in the oil sands supply chain continues to create economic opportunity and jobs

The oil sands industry continues to build positive and mutually beneficial relationships with Indigenous communities in the Athabasca Oil Sands Area (AOSA). Through meaningful engagement with Indigenous communities, OSCA members collaboratively identify and advance key opportunities that achieve shared success between Indigenous communities and the oil sands industry. After all, partnering with Indigenous communities is foundational to successful energy development.

These partnerships with Indigenous communities ensure shared benefits of the oil sands industry, including economic growth, employment and training opportunities, and community well-being. Across the region, Indigenous communities and businesses are making significant contributions to the oil sands industry.

Through the Indigenous Community Relations Brief, we highlight stories and case studies shared from our member companies that showcase the efforts of oil sands companies to strengthen relationships with Indigenous communities, businesses and people.

Key highlights:

  • In 2019, Indigenous companies in the Wood Buffalo region had direct business valued at $1.7 billion with oil sands operators (73 per cent of the total Indigenous procurement spend by oil sands companies). This was 22 per cent higher than in 2018 (about $1.4 billion) and 45 per cent higher than in 2017.
  • In Wood Buffalo, the highest categories of Indigenous procurement spend continue to be camps and catering, construction, and equipment services.
  • As Indigenous businesses grow their participation in resource development, Indigenous people are a growing proportion of oil and natural gas employment, making up 7.4 per cent of the industry’s workforce in 2019 (up from 4.8 per cent in 2018).
  • Community investment and engagement activities create lasting relationships to foster strong and healthy communities. The total for community investment activities in Indigenous communities reached $32 million in 2019, compared to $21 million in 2017.

Access the full brief here.

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