We often work on or are in close proximity to traditional Aboriginal land. Our teams work with these communities on a daily basis to build and maintain mutually beneficial relationships. Through understanding, respect and cooperation we strive to maintain strong relationships. Learning about traditional cultures, wildlife, and how the landscape has changed over the years is part of our long-term commitment to these communities.
In 2014, we worked with First Nation trappers near our Horizon Oil Sands Operations to maintain their traditional trapping activities. We organized helicopter tours with Fort McKay First Nation and Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation trappers to facilitate an overview of our operations. Also, trappers from Fort McKay First Nation provided a 10-day Trapping Program for our Horizon Regulatory and Environment staff, sharing their traditional knowledge and experience in the region. The opportunity to gain these insights served to further enhance Canadian Natural’s wildlife management practices on and around site.
At Canadian Natural, we seek meaningful input regarding proposed development plans through ongoing proactive two-way communication that helps to identify and address issues and opportunities.
Our Aboriginal consultation work is in accordance with a consultation plan. When developing a project-specific consultation plan, Canadian Natural works with each Aboriginal community to understand their individual consultation needs and requirements.
For major projects, to support Canadian Natural’s understanding of the potential project related impacts on treaty or Aboriginal rights, our consultation plans commonly include assessments to measure potential impacts. Environmental and socioeconomic impact assessments highlight any regional risks to be addressed in project planning. We also support Aboriginal communities to document traditional land use and/or current use in order to mitigate potential impacts to the extent possible. Canadian Natural also documents traditional ecological knowledge that is shared and considers its use when compiling baseline environmental information, developing monitoring programs and planning mitigation (e.g., reclamation).
In addition, our Code of Integrity, Business Ethics and Conduct and Statement of Human Rights are integrated into our contracts for service providers, operators and management in all activities.
To read about our 2014 highlights of stakeholder engagements and consultation see our 2014 Report to Stakeholders.