Respectful Engagement – a simple yet powerful term. A successful relationship does not work without equal parts of both. This idea is rooted in our values and how we live the “SECURE way”.

Treat others the way they want to be treated; be a great team member; do the right thing – All three values are rooted in building respectful relationships. With that, comes collaboration.

Since our inception in 2007, SECURE has worked on collaborating and building lasting relationships with Indigenous communities and businesses across Western Canada. We believe this commitment can only be fulfilled through respectful engagement and providing opportunities for increased economic participation both in our new projects and in ongoing operations.

We acknowledge the rights and interests of Aboriginal communities and we are dedicated to promoting a business culture that is inclusive and respects diversity. As part of our commitment to this value, we are a proud member of:

These groups support building and strengthening of effective business relationships, personal development and shared prosperity between aboriginal communities and our industry.

In 2020, the organization took a significant step in formalizing our commitment to Indigenous consultation and economic inclusion with the publication of our Indigenous Relations policy.

We realize that our projects may have impacts on lands that have been traditionally utilized by Indigenous peoples for generations which is why in order to maintain respectful relationships, communication is key. We value the feedback and unique perspective that the Indigenous communities we work with offer and always look to them for initial guidance on development.

Over the past 16 months, SECURE consulted with eight different Indigenous communities with respect to our East Kaybob Oil Pipeline located in the Fox Creek region of Alberta. This consultation included the comprehensive review of our proposed pipeline route which helped us minimize impacts to indigenous lands and wildlife, as well as the review of economic partnerships that benefitted both Indigenous communities and SECURE. We believe that integrating community needs into the project design and implementation was paramount to the success of this project.

As a result of open and consistent communication with these stakeholder groups, the team at SECURE is proud of the great progress we have made (and will continue to make) towards growing our partnerships with Indigenous communities, ultimately providing significant value for both parties over a long period of time.

Some of our achievements include:

  • Formalized an Indigenous Relations Policy and established criteria for measuring progress and success
  • Engaged eight Indigenous groups in the planning and design and construction of the East Kaybob oil pipeline
  • Spent $8.9 million with 49 different Indigenous owned businesses, contractors and suppliers in 2020, up 29% from 2019 (this equated to 11% of the overall project spend)
  • Created five new partnerships or joint ventures with Indigenous groups
“SECURE’s objective is to provide opportunities for Indigenous Communities to realize economic prosperity from our projects and operations,” says Alastair Graham, Indigenous and Stakeholder Relations Lead. “We are committed to strengthening business-to-business relationships with Indigenous vendors by awarding work of increasing complexity and scope over time.”

Our work does not stop here

Indigenous inclusion goes beyond respectful engagement. Our team continues to work on providing opportunities to increase economic participation with Indigenous communities and businesses where we live and work.