Aboriginal and Tribal Relations

Aboriginal and Tribal Relations

Committed to developing positive relationships built on trust
Our Aboriginal neighbours have special and unique interests and relationships with the land on which we operate.

Building mutually beneficial relationships with Aboriginal communities is important to us and we strive to enrich these relationships. We take the time to meet and get to know our neighbours so we can learn, understand and respect their concerns as well as provide information about our operations and projects. Open dialogue and an open mind benefit us all. 

Social Well-being
For details on Pembina's Aboriginal and Tribal Relations measurements, visit our Sustainability page.

Read our Aboriginal and Tribal policy. The policy can also be found on the Governance page.

To learn more about how Pembina works with Aboriginal Communities, read our Commitment to Communities Factsheet

Respectful Relationships

Because Pembina's operations are often located on or near First Nations and Métis lands, our commitment to consultation with these stakeholders is important.

Building positive relationships with Aboriginal communities helps us understand the importance of the area and the culture of the people who live there and provides the opportunity to collaborate on community projects relating to health, education, training, employment and business development.

To ensure we form lasting and trusting relationships with our Aboriginal communities, our Aboriginal Relations team is focused on four key undertakings:

1. Awareness: Provide Aboriginal Awareness training to Pembina's employees and contractors and in our communities.

Pembina is committed to enhancing the knowledge of and respect and consideration for Aboriginal peoples among our employees, consultants and contractors.

2. Workforce Development: Continue efforts to increase Aboriginal employment at Pembina and within industry at large.

Pembina helps to build our capacity by training and employing people in the communities where we work. By identifying business or employment opportunities that strengthen the economies of Aboriginal communities, we create competitively-priced, quality products or services that help our business grow.

Pembina supports opportunities for Aboriginal suppliers to engage in ongoing activities and the development of new projects.

3. Community Investment: Support our Aboriginal communities

Aboriginal communities put their trust in Pembina when we work on their traditional lands. Through our community investment program, we honour this relationship and give back to the communities where we operate. Our investment decisions are based on our understanding of the unique needs and characteristics of each community. We focus our community initiatives on organizations that advance education, preserve and protect the environment, and foster wellness and cultural awareness.

4. Consultation: Support Pembina's operations and growth platform through open and honest consultation.

When defining a project consultation plan, Pembina ensures that our consultation efforts identify issues and concerns of individual Aboriginal communities.

We respond to questions and concerns from Aboriginal groups by discussing options, alternatives, and mitigating the potential impacts of our projects.

At Pembina, we follow the following consultative guidelines:

  • We share project-specific information and Government Regulators’ public information documents with potentially affected Aboriginal communities in a timely manner.
  • Pembina identifies issues and concerns of those Aboriginal communities potentially affected by a project. Our team responds to questions and concerns from Aboriginal groups by discussing options, alternatives, and mitigating measures for potential impacts of a project. We establish and maintain communication with these communities to facilitate issue resolution as the project moves through the planning, construction and post-construction phases.
  • We provide Aboriginal communities an opportunity to have meaningful input into decisions with respect to project planning and development.