The oil sands industry continues to build positive and mutually beneficial relationships with Indigenous communities in the Athabasca Oil Sands Area (AOSA). Across the region, Indigenous workers are making significant contributions to the oil sands in leadership, production, construction, and support services .
Indigenous-owned businesses have become an integral part of our industry over the past four decades.In 2015 and 2016, more than 399 indigenous companies from across Alberta had direct business (goods and/or services) with oil sands companies generating approximately $3.33 billion dollars. These companies represent 65 communities across Alberta.
Oil sands companies proudly contribute time, skills and financial support to enhance communities where we work. In 2012-2013, oil sands companies contributed more than $6 million to Indigenous communities in Wood Buffalo and Lac La Biche for school and youth programs, celebrations, cultural events, literacy projects and other community programs.
OSCA works closely with the following Indigenous business associations:
- Northeastern Alberta Aboriginal Business Association (NAABA)
- Region One Aboriginal Business Association (ROABA)