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Indigenous engagement

Many of Imperial’s operations and development opportunities are located within Indigenous communities or on their traditional lands. We support communities in areas where we explore, develop and operate, and strive to establish lasting relationships built on mutual trust and respect.

We conduct business in a manner that respects the land, environment, rights and cultures of Indigenous communities. And we seek to understand Indigenous perspectives on issues of mutual interest and to deal constructively with differing views. These principles are written into the policies and guidelines that underline our company-wide commitment to ethics, equity, environment and safety.

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Below, and throughout this site, you will find stories and information in each of the focus areas of Imperial’s Indigenous engagement activities: community investment, consultation, workforce development and business development.


Jon Harding
Community and Indigenous Relations Advisor, Products and Chemicals, Central Region
P.O. Box 3004, Sarnia, ON N7T 7M5
Phone: (519) 339-4015 

Leanne Dohy, Cold Lake Operations
PO Box 1020, Bonnyville, AB T9N 2J7
Phone: (780) 639-5194

Lisa Duncan
Community Affairs Advisor, Norman Wells, NT X0E 0V0
Phone: (867) 587-3170 

Shelley Larose
Socioeconomic Management Lead, Athabasca Region
P.O. Box 2480, Stn. M, Calgary, AB T2P 3M9
Phone: (587) 476-4430

Mick Elliott
Lead – Indigenous, Community and Stakeholder Relations, P.O. Box 2480, Stn. M, Calgary, AB T2P 3M9
Phone: (587) 476-5043 

Wendy Smith
Inuvialuit Region Liaison, Beaufort Sea Exploration Program
Bag Service #14, Inuvik, NT X0E 0T0
Phone: (867) 678-6101

Community investment

Imperial creates lasting relationships with Indigenous communities in areas where we operate by working collaboratively in the design and implementation of community relations programs and supporting projects that meet community needs and are consistent with our philanthropic objectives.

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We maintain an ongoing dialogue with elected Indigenous leaders and their designated representatives by:

  • Respecting the legal rights of Indigenous people and adhering to government requirements
  • Ensuring timely discussions when activities have the potential to impact the community
  • Supporting the identification of specific infringements on traditional uses and rights in order to mitigate impacts
  • Treating all parties fairly
  • Respecting traditional practices, decision-making processes, cultural activities and language
  • Coordinating with Crown consultation

Recently, our team members had the opportunity to work in consultation with Elder Doreen Spence of Saddle Lake First Nation to develop this medicine wheel that incorporates traditional knowledge to guide our approach to land use. For example, initial assessments can be approached from a place of Protection, remediation from Nourishment, and reclamation from the perspectives of Growth and Wholeness through our life-long journey. Thank you, Doreen, for sharing with us the balance and qualities of the land that allow us to grow together.

Workforce development

Imperial supports recruitment and development programs that enable Indigenous people to meet the company’s employment requirements and business needs. Our goal is to achieve a workforce that is representative of the available qualified Indigenous peoples in the labour market.

Beyond recruitment and education programs, we’ve established internal training and development programs that enhance retention of Indigenous employees throughout the company. These programs address workplace barriers that may exist and that hinder Indigenous employees from doing their jobs effectively.

Business development

We recognize that Indigenous communities may be interested in maximizing the economic benefits of development on their lands. We foster the development of Indigenous businesses in ways that benefit the company and the community by:

  • Using Indigenous suppliers of goods and services that are competitive and meet Imperial’s safety, technical and quality standards and timing needs
  • Providing information and training on Imperial’s procurement processes, safety standards and expectations of business conduct
  • Developing local Indigenous content plans, which address employment of Indigenous people and the amount of work subcontracted to Indigenous businesses, as a factor in evaluating and awarding contracts