Husky has strong relationships with Aboriginal communities in the areas where it operates, built on respect, trust and transparency.
In Aboriginal communities, the Company promotes education, supports community wellness initiatives and fosters economic development.
Believing academic success leads to improved career choices, Husky's Scholarships for Aboriginal Students encourage advanced education.
The program, which began in 1984, provides bursaries to Aboriginal students pursuing high school upgrading or post-secondary education related to the oil and natural gas sector. Husky has contributed more than $1 million to the program.
Husky supports the efforts of Aboriginal communities to enhance community wellness and culture.
The Company seeks to build capacity in Aboriginal-owned businesses, achieving competitiveness and developing entrepreneurs. It awards business contracts to Aboriginal vendors based on technical and safety criteria and competitive pricing.
Effective consultation is the cornerstone of Husky's relationships with Aboriginal communities and is influenced by its corporate commitment and regulatory requirements.
Consultation with Aboriginal communities is coordinated to provide for:
Husky practises a consistent approach to relationship building tailored to the needs and capacity of the community. The result may range from a formal agreement, such as a Memorandum of Understanding, to a simple shared understanding of the community engagement processes Husky uses.
Husky's Aboriginal Relations team provides internal advisory and relationship support to various departments. Externally, the team is responsible for engaging Aboriginal communities.
The team is guided by leaders who assist, develop and promote Aboriginal community engagement. Senior management supports the implementation of Husky's Aboriginal engagement strategies.