Husky respects the inherent constitutional rights of Canada’s Aboriginal peoples. Husky’s relationships with Aboriginal communities are built on cooperation, transparency and consultation to further mutual interests.
Formal community-based agreements are in place to ensure Husky has the processes and resources to facilitate business development, employment and community investment. Early consultation takes place in the first stages of project planning to acknowledge Aboriginal rights, and may include traditional land use studies and interviews with Elders.
Husky has a program to enhance the educational opportunities available to Aboriginal students, believing academic options can lead to additional career choices.
Scholarships are awarded to Aboriginal students pursuing post-secondary education related to careers in the oil and gas sector. Scholarships are based on academic achievement, work experience and community involvement. Students awarded scholarships are able to gain work experience through summer employment and co-op positions. They are provided with social support through Husky’s Aboriginal Community Network.
In 2016, to assist with classroom learning, Husky donated laptop and desk top computers, as well as printers, to several First Nations schools in Saskatchewan and the Calgary area.
Husky is focused on building capacity in Aboriginal businesses that establishes competitiveness and develops entrepreneurs. Opportunities are created for goods and services to be provided on a competitive basis, with the contracts awarded based on technical and safety criteria, as well as pricing.
Husky’s procurement strategy provides for the participation of Aboriginal businesses with capacity to bid on work for operations located near their communities. In 2016, contracts worth almost $21 million were signed with Aboriginal vendors. More than 45 businesses provided services, including camp and catering services, road construction and maintenance, and janitorial services. The total contracts are lower than in 2015, in part due to the Sunrise Energy Project starting production and planned decreases in capital spending.
To further support its efforts to foster economic development with Aboriginal partners, Husky is a member of the Circle for Aboriginal Relations (CFAR) Society.
Husky continues to seek business and employment opportunities with First Nations in the areas where it operates.