A recipe for success in the oil sands for one company is partnering with the people who live in the region.
Canada North Camps has opened camps in Alberta’s north for the oil and gas industry. In the process it has employed numerous aboriginals and also showed tremendous respect towards their traditions.
John Fleming who is in business development for the company says it has been important not to just barge in to the region, instead there has been extensive consultation with elders and others to learn more about their traditional hunting and fishing areas for instance. This way they can be preserved and camps can go elsewhere. A small consolation says Fleming when you consider the success this approach has brought.