Husky‘s practices and policies recognize Indigenous rights and reconciliation, including the Treaty and Indigenous rights of First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples embedded in Canada‘s Constitution. We are committed to working with Indigenous communities to build mutually beneficial relationships founded in respect, cooperation and economic inclusion. This is reinforced through our leadership and is included in our agreements, policies and procedures.
We focus on building capacity in Indigenous businesses to establish competitiveness and develop entrepreneurs. Opportunities are created for goods and services to be provided on a competitive basis, with contracts awarded on technical and safety criteria, as well as price.
In 2017 we introduced new initiatives to expand Indigenous economic inclusion, bringing on more than 10 new strategic partnerships to provide goods and services. We signed contracts worth about $30 million with Indigenous vendors, including more than $9.8 million with businesses based in Saskatchewan.
- Engaged local Indigenous businesses as part of the 2017 North Saskatchewan River shoreline assessment.
- Worked with Sahtu Nation vendors on our asset retirement project in the Northwest Territories.
- The Sunrise Energy Project supply chain includes businesses from most local Indigenous communities.
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 options can lead to additional career choices, 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.
Husky continues to provide computers, laptops and printers to Indigenous community schools in areas where we operate.
We strive to be a good neighbour and that means moving beyond day-to-day business to become involved in communities and supporting community wellness initiatives. There is value in promoting mutual understanding and respect through the sharing of cultures. Our management and employees are encouraged to participate and support, where appropriate, community events. In 2017 this included:
- Thunderchild First Nation 50th Annual Pow Wow.
- Fort McKay Treaty Days.
- Fort McMurray Métis Festival.
- Saulteaux First Nation and Moosomin First Nation ice fishing derby.
- Moosomin First Nation fundraising golf tournament.
- Saulteaux First Nation fundraising golf tournament.
- Paul First Nation and Alexis Nakoda Sioux Nation community barbecue.