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Community and Indigenous Peoples’ Engagement

Highlights

  • Implemented Indigenous Relations policy
  • 15 new Indigenous vendors added to contractor list
  • Value of Indigenous vendor contracts up 65% since 2016

Objective

  • Contribute positively to quality of life in communities where we operate by reducing negative impacts and creating benefits.

Community and Indigenous Peoples’ Engagement

Husky respects the rights of Indigenous Peoples, including their right to self-determination and to maintain their culture, identity, traditions and customs. Our practices and policies recognize Indigenous rights and reconciliation, including the Aboriginal and Treaty rights of First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples embedded in Canada’s Constitution. Husky recognizes the diversity of Indigenous Peoples and communities in the areas where we operate.

We work with Indigenous communities to build mutually-beneficial relationships founded in respect, cooperation and economic inclusion. This is reinforced through our leadership and outlined in our agreements, Indigenous Relations Policy and Indigenous Economic Inclusion guidelines.

Our Indigenous Relations Policy, implemented in 2020, outlines our approach and defines roles, responsibilities and expectations for Husky employees and contractors around engagement, consultation, relationship building and participation in our business.

Economic Inclusion

We strive to contribute to reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples and communities in Canada by seeking opportunities to work together for mutual benefit. We continue to expand how Indigenous businesses can access work and take advantage of economic inclusion opportunities, developing a wider network of both vendors and employees. We connect our non-Indigenous suppliers in Saskatchewan and Alberta with potential employees.

A focus on building capacity in Indigenous businesses establishes competitiveness and develops entrepreneurs. We create opportunities for goods and services to be provided on a competitive basis, with contracts awarded on technical and safety criteria, as well as price. Safety is always the primary consideration and all vendors must meet the appropriate Husky safety standards and requirements.

We brought on 15 new partners in 2019 and signed contracts with Indigenous vendors worth $72 million, an increase of about 65% since 2016.

The wording in our bid evaluations ensures Indigenous economic inclusion is fully considered as part of our procurement strategy and Indigenous companies currently provide our operations with security, safety and medical services, janitorial services, crane operations, general labour, mechanical services, fluid hauling and catering. We seek to add additional companies to our supply chain by attending business and vendor events.

Education and Employment

We support long-term academic success for Indigenous students through funding, scholarships, mentoring, summer employment and apprenticeship positions resulting in potential career opportunities. We believe academic opportunities lead to more varied career options, positively affecting students and their communities.

Scholarships are awarded on academic merit, community and cultural involvement and work experience. Peer support is available through Husky’s Indigenous Community Sharing Circle.

Community Involvement

We see value in promoting mutual understanding and respect through the sharing of cultures. We support, and where appropriate participate in a variety of community events. In 2019 these included:

  • Thunderchild First Nation Annual Pow Wow
  • Thunderchild First Nation Treaty Days
  • Saulteaux First Nation Treaty Days
  • McMurray Metis Elders’ Christmas Dinner
  • Fort McKay First Nation Treaty Days

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