We work with Indigenous-owned businesses

Indigenous-owned businesses are a major part of Canada’s oil and gas industry. In 2019, oil sands producers spent $2.4 billion with 275 Indigenous businesses, up from $1.5 billion in 2015. The Trans Mountain Pipeline project alone spent more than $1 billion with Indigenous companies just in 2021. 

Together, three projects – the Trans Mountain Expansion, Coastal GasLink, and LNG Canada – have spent more than $6.4 billion with Indigenous-owned and local businesses. 

Indigenous employees made up 6.3% of the workforce in Canada's oil and gas industry as of 2019. That's up from 5.1% in 2009.

Excavator in a field Photo courtesy Backwoods Energy Services

Building lasting partnerships with communities

Our industry also works closely – and successfully – with Indigenous communities throughout Western Canada and beyond. In B.C., 40 out of 41 First Nations who are involved in the natural gas industry are in favour of development.  

First Nations are owners and investors in several current and proposed oil and gas projects. In B.C., Haisla and Nisga'a Nations are lead investors in major LNG projects. In Alberta, six First Nations have an equity stake in a new natural-gas power plant. And there are at least 3 Indigenous groups negotiating an ownership stake in the Trans Mountain Pipeline.  

We're also building lasting projects with lasting benefits for entire communities. Projects like the proposed Wabamun Carbon Hub and Wolf Midstream Sequestration Hub. Facilities that could provide steady employment – and huge environmental benefits – for decades to come. 

Portrait of Bob Merasty, executive director of the Indigenous Resource Network Bob Merasty, executive director of the Indigenous Resource Network
Case Study

Coastal Gas Link

This major natural gas pipeline project, spanning across Northern BC, has benefit agreements with all 20 elected First Nations governments along the route. And 16 of those communities are set to share an historic 10 per cent ownership stake. Once complete, Coastal GasLink will provide Canada with the long-awaited and much-needed opportunity to export liquefied natural gas to Asia, where it can help reduce dependence on coal-fired electricity. 

Aerial view of construction of the Coastal GasLink pipeline in northern B.C

By the Numbers

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Indigenous employees made up 6.3% of the workforce in Canada's oil and gas industry as of 2019. That's up from 5.1% in 2009.

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Together, three projects – the Trans Mountain Expansion, Coastal GasLink, and LNG Canada – have spent more than $6.4 billion with Indigenous-owned and local businesses.

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First Nations

The Trans Mountain Expansion has signed mutual benefit agreements with 69 Indigenous communities worth over $580 million

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16 Indigenous communities have signed agreements to become 10% owners of the Coastal GasLink natural gas pipeline

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