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  • Aboriginal Project
    of programs and practices that have been successful and the factors that have contributed to success In 2005 the Aboriginal Programs Project launched a new phase intended to broaden participation in the initiative and provide public access to the results For this purpose 87 companies and other organizations have shared details of their Aboriginal programs and practices The result is a unique window on what the resource industries are doing

    Original URL path: http://www.acr-aboriginalproject.org/ (2016-02-10)
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  • Project Overview
    Resources ACR initiated the Aboriginal Programs Project in 2002 as a way for its members to share the benefits of their experiences in working with Aboriginal communities This initial phase of the Project had two components The first was a comprehensive survey of ACR members to obtain baseline information on the scope nature and experience gained from their Aboriginal programs and practices The second component involved interviews with ACR members and other organizations to identify promising approaches and document these in templates that could be used by ACR members to develop assess and improve their own Aboriginal programs and practices The results of this work were presented in a Final Report Sharing Knowledge released to ACR members in July 2003 A Project website was also put in place to provide access to the programs and survey results database 2005 06 Phase of the ACR Aboriginal Programs Project In 2005 the Aboriginal Programs Project launched a new phase intended to broaden participation in the initiative and provide public access to the results For this purpose 87 companies and other organizations have shared details of their Aboriginal programs and practices Most of the initiatives focus on Alberta but some are from other parts of Western Canada and the North The benefit of working together is further exemplified by the number of non ACR members who agreed to share details of their programs with the Project The result was the development of a report titled Learning from Experience which was released in January 2006 This was based on interviews with people who were directly involved in delivering Aboriginal programs and asking them to reflect on their experience with what works and what doesn t A redesigned Project website was also developed to provide public access to the Project database The Aboriginal Project website

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  • Aboriginal Population
    ancestry accounting for 4 4 of the total population In 2001 the number of Albertans reporting Aboriginal ancestry was 199 015 which represented 6 7 of the total Alberta population This consisted of Indians 84 990 Métis 66 060 Inuit 1 090 Aboriginal Not Specified 4 080 and people who reported Aboriginal ancestry but did not self identify as Aboriginal in the census 42 795 While people reporting Aboriginal ancestry make up 6 7 of Alberta s population this number is much higher in the northern and western areas of the province In northwest Alberta the Aboriginal share of the population is 38 the northeast ranges from 15 to 21 Aboriginal and western portions range from 7 to 18 Aboriginal The Aboriginal share of the population is even greater in northern Saskatchewan 83 Nunavut 76 to 90 and the Northwest Territories 43 The following documents provide access to demographic and socio economic information on the Aboriginal population in Alberta 1 Demographic Overview Aboriginal Population in Alberta PDF Document This contains an overview of the Aboriginal population in Alberta including details of First Nations treaty areas and Métis Settlements and a summary of key demographic information This was prepared as a

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  • Program Framework
    and other organizations to develop and strengthen relations with Aboriginal communities and increase the participation of Aboriginal businesses and people in the economy A schematic of the framework is shown below Program Framework for Aboriginal Relations The five program areas are organized into a number of program sub areas that share common objectives as follows Corporate Policy policies strategies and assessment processes used by companies to define communicate and measure their commitment to strengthening their relationships with Aboriginal communities businesses and people Sub areas include Building commitment e g policies and strategies principles workforce diversity business case Benchmarking performance in Aboriginal relations e g assessment protocols There are 13 Corporate Policy templates representing 12 of all programs in the Aboriginal project database Workforce Development initiatives that assist Aboriginal people in acquiring the skills training and qualifications necessary for employment and career advancement Sub areas include Educational opportunities e g stay in school programs scholarships Employment related training e g pre employment apprenticeship Recruitment retention and advancement of Aboriginal employees e g targeted measures mentoring cross cultural training Programs sponsored by government and non profit agencies There are 37 Workforce Development templates representing 35 of all programs in the Aboriginal project database Business Development initiatives that assist Aboriginal communities and businesses in building capacity to successfully compete for contracts to supply goods and services Sub areas include Providing business opportunities e g procurement contracts bid criteria and practices targets Strengthening business capabilities e g business start up support management skills transfer joint ventures and partnerships Programs by government and non profit agencies There are 28 Business Development templates 26 of all programs in the Aboriginal project database Community Relations initiatives that foster the development of positive long term relationships between industry and Aboriginal communities Sub areas include Framework agreements and cooperation

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  • Success Factors
    of differences in culture capacity to engage and political direction At the very least the community must be receptive to engagement Successful workforce and business development initiatives also depend on level of education pre employment skills and the overall wellness of a community Sufficient time and flexibility Successful Aboriginal relationships don t happen overnight It is important to build in enough time to make a relationship work and enough flexibility so that programs can be easily modified as experience is gained and conditions change Ultimately success in Aboriginal programs is incremental Programs cannot be evaluated on a strict success failure measure Companies must start with small manageable projects that help build community capacity and develop a relationship of trust from the outset The quality of the relationship is key Everything builds upon that base The ACR project also identified a number of additional factors that contribute to the success of Aboriginal programs but are more specific to each of the five program framework areas They can be used by companies as a checklist and are described below Corporate policy success factors Success in Aboriginal relations requires a clear commitment in corporate policies reinforced by senior management and driven by explicit goals targets and timetables Make the business case for building Aboriginal relationships Success in Aboriginal programs needs to be measured as incremental gains rather than success or failure Understand the long term ramifications and complexities of signing agreements and acceding to demands that result from a lack of upfront consultation or relationship building Seek out and develop either internal or external expertise related to Aboriginal engagement Companies need to find ways to improve the continuity of Aboriginal relations staff in dealing with Aboriginal communities Workforce development success factors In recruiting Aboriginal candidates for training and employment opportunities broaden the recruiting pool rather than relax standards Integrate training and employment opportunities Implement Aboriginal awareness and diversity training sessions at all levels senior management to front line staff Establish formal mentoring programs for Aboriginal people wanting to advance their careers or participate in on the job training opportunities Encourage networks of Aboriginal employees to meet and share experience and mutual support In recruiting Aboriginal employees for work away from home ensure there are other members on the crew from the same Aboriginal support group Offer Aboriginal communities in particular the elders a role in recruitment of Aboriginal employees and involvement in the creation and monitoring of programs for Aboriginal employees Reach out to Aboriginal students while they are still in school giving them the time and information necessary to make informed choices about their education and career directions Business development success factors Invest in strengthening the business capacity of the Aboriginal community Plan for Aboriginal business participation by matching business opportunities with Aboriginal business capabilities Ensure that the Aboriginal or Aboriginal corporate venture has adequate management capacity in place Use procurement as a tool to provide opportunities for Aboriginal suppliers In structuring business arrangements with Aboriginal communities corporate governance needs to follow

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  • Program Summaries
    Alberta Human Resources and Employment Provides First Nations people primarily living on reserve who are unemployed or underemployed with the skills needed for sustained employment in occupations with long term employment prospects 2 4 12 Pre Apprentice and Aboriginal Awareness Training Sponsor Construction Labour Relations Association Describes two construction industry training programs 1 to improve the track record of the construction industry in attracting and retaining Aboriginal people in the apprenticeship stream 2 to build a more supportive workplace for Aboriginal workers by training employers and particularly front line supervisors on Aboriginal culture and human resource issues Note these programs are no longer offered but were seen as successful by the industry 2 4 13 Preparation for Academic and Career Education PACE Aboriginal Skills and Employment Partnership ASEP Program Sponsor Wood Buffalo Partners in Aboriginal Training T eaches communication problem solving assertiveness planning and study skills in a six month program PACE refreshes math writing and reading skills and helps the student build a career and educational plan that is realistic and attainable 2 4 14 Scholarship Program Sponsor National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation NAAF Aims to increase the number of Aboriginal students pursuing post secondary education and the number of Aboriginal people returning to the education system 2 4 15 Taking Pulse Programs Sponsor National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation NAAF A collective program aimed at increasing Aboriginal workforce participation while addressing the 70 per cent high school drop out rate among Métis First Nation and Inuit youth 2 4 16 Urban Aboriginal Petroleum Land Administration Program Sponsor Southern Alberta Institute of Technology SAIT Provides focused pre employment training for Aboriginal people that leads to employment and a promising career in Petroleum Land Administration and an increased Aboriginal employment rate Business Programs 3 1 Providing Business Opportunities 3 1 1 Aboriginal Business Development Sponsor Suncor Energy Inc I mplements targeted procurement measures as part of an Aboriginal affairs strategy that supports local First Nations and Métis communities in achieving economic self sufficiency through community based business development 3 1 2 Aboriginal Business Development Policy Sponsor Syncrude Canada Ltd Supports the development of sustainable economic capacity by providing an opportunity for Aboriginal suppliers in the Wood Buffalo region to supply goods and services to Syncrude and to develop as competitive players in the bigger marketplace 3 1 3 Aboriginal Business Development Success Models Sponsor Cameco Corporation Intended to identify and facilitate business opportunities for Aboriginal entrepreneurs companies and communities in ways that build on existing business capacity and readiness 3 1 4 Aboriginal Contractor Database Sponsor EnCana Corporation M easures Aboriginal participation in direct contracts and builds internal awareness of existing Aboriginal businesses in proximity to EnCana s operations 3 1 5 Business Based Relationships with Aboriginal Communities Sponsor Tolko Industries Ltd Intended to provide an opportunity for Aboriginal based businesses to invest and partner in forestry based businesses complementary to Tolko s core business and proactively engage Aboriginal groups in human resources and skills training associated with existing and new business ventures 3 1 6 Fox Creek Business Alliance Sponsor Hinton Wood Products Hinton Woodlands A successful Aboriginal business model that has held forestry contracts with Hinton Woodlands for 25 years and has diversified into new areas such as campsite maintenance firefighting and road monitoring 3 1 7 Local Opportunity Process Sponsor Petro Canada Ltd Optimizes local economic benefits associated with the development of Petro Canada s oil sands projects through guidance implementation and tracking 3 1 8 Northern Preferential Supplier Program Sponsor Cameco Corporation Aims to increase the opportunities and strengthen the capabilities of Aboriginal suppliers in northern Saskatchewan 3 1 9 Supply Chain Management Sponsor TransAlta Corporation Provides support for local contracting opportunities through pre qualification support sole sourcing and Aboriginal content requirements for contractors 3 2 Strengthening Business Capabilities 3 2 1 Drilling Rig First Nation Partnerships Sponsor Western Lakota Energy Services Inc Establishes mutually beneficial business partnerships between industry and First Nation and Métis communities for the ownership of state of the art drilling rigs 3 2 2 Environmental Consulting Business Partnership Sponsor Jacques Whitford Environment Limited Establishes and operates a sustainable for profit Aboriginal environmental services and solutions consulting business increases Innu employment and business capacity and provides training and mentoring 3 2 3 First Nation and Native American Business Development Sponsor PCL Constructors Inc Provides a model for developing project specific joint ventures with Aboriginal communities and companies to pursue engineering and construction business opportunities both on and off reserve and on traditional lands 3 2 4 Joint Venture Wind Turbine Project Sponsor EPCOR Power Development Corp Joint venture between EPCOR and the Peigan First Nation in southern Alberta to develop a wind power farm on the Peigan First Nation land leading to benefits in jobs and revenues from green electricity 3 2 5 Northern Business Participation Policy and Program Sponsor Diavik Diamond Mines Ltd S upports the development of Aboriginal and northern businesses resulting in stronger communities and individuals with increased entrepreneurial business and technical skills 3 2 6 Purchase of Facilities by First Nations Sponsor TransAlta Corporation Facilitates opportunities for the purchase of transmission facilities located on reserve lands by a group of First Nations 3 2 7 Strategic Business Partnership Shehtah Nabors LP Sponsors Nabors Canada Ltd and Shehtah Drilling Limited Develops a strategic business partnership between Nabors and an Aboriginal owned contractor in the same business 3 2 8 Support for Aboriginal Business Start Ups Sponsor Imperial Oil Resources Ltd Helps local Aboriginal communities gain the experience and skills required to start up a service rig business that provides local employment and business opportunities 3 2 9 Support for Aboriginal Business Start Ups Transfer of Management and Operational Skills Sponsor Alberta Pacific Forest Industries Inc Helps Aboriginal business start ups by ensuring that the management technical and operational capacity to successfully run the business is in place 3 2 10 Support for Business Ventures in Specific Project Areas Sponsor EnCana Corporation Expands local services and opportunities provides new avenues of meaningful and

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  • Corporate Policies
    their relationships with Aboriginal communities and people There are 13 examples of Corporate Policies contained in the Project database Click on the program element shown in underlined text below to view the names of the Aboriginal programs grouped under that element along with the name of the sponsor and a brief description of the program Building Commitment Benchmarking Performance Click on the Printer friendly version at the right to view

    Original URL path: http://www.acr-aboriginalproject.org/D-Program_Templates/01_Corporate_Aboriginal_Policies/D.1.0_corporate_aboriginal_policies.htm (2016-02-10)
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  • Workforce Development
    There are 37 Workforce Development Programs contained in the Project database Click on the program element shown in underlined text below to view the names of the Aboriginal programs grouped under that element along with the name of the sponsor and a brief description of the program Educational Opportunities Employment Related Training Recruitment Retention and Advancement Government and Non Profit Agencies Click on the Printer friendly version at the right

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