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Aboriginal Relations


We are proud to be one of the largest employers of Aboriginal people in Canada.


  • Through our Aboriginal Relations program, we focus on the following six key commitment areas: corporate leadership, employment, business development, education and training, community development and the environment.
  • Syncrude is one of 13 companies in Canada, and the only oil sands operator, to be accredited at the Gold Level in the Progressive Aboriginal Relations (PAR) Program of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) . PAR measures corporate performance in Aboriginal employment, business development, capacity development and community relations.
  • We directly employ around 500 Aboriginal people who represent over 8% of our total employee population. Many more are employed by our contractors.
  • Since 1992, we have conducted over $1.7 billion in total business volume with Aboriginal companies. Syncrude provides significant opportunity to Aboriginal-owned businesses in the Wood Buffalo region. In fact, if all other factors in a contract proposal are equal, preference is given to local Aboriginal businesses. We also encourage contractors to employ Aboriginal people and subcontract work to Aboriginal businesses.
  • Syncrude regularly conducts tours of reclamation areas for representatives from local Aboriginal communities. As well, we are working closely with Elders to ensure the re-establishment of native tree species of interest to Aboriginal stakeholders. Species now successfully being re-introduced include low-bush cranberry, blueberry and buffalo berry.
  • Each year, Syncrude produces Pathways – a magazine which highlights successes and achievements of local, regional and national Aboriginal people, as well as our performance related to the six key commitment areas. This publication, also called the Aboriginal Review, can downloaded from the selections on the left.
  • We support a variety of organizations and intiatives focused on the advancement of Aboriginal people. In addition to the CCAB mentioned above, we also support the Aboriginal Human Resource Council, Indspire, Northeastern Alberta Aboriginal Business Association and the annual Esquao Awards.


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2012 Pathways ( PDF  13.19 MB)