Steel River acknowledges that First Nations, Inuit, and Metis all play a critical role in the stewardship of Canada’s natural resources and economic development. We believe each partner brings tremendous value to the Steel River Ecosystem, and we are committed to working together for positive social, cultural, and economic change.
Steel River acknowledges and respects that each Indigenous Partner has its own unique history, beliefs, and expertise and strives to create long-lasting relationships grounded in respect, understanding, and collaboration. Through the exploration of shared opportunities, we hope to forge a prosperous path forward for all.
The partnership with Peepeekisis Cree Nation focuses its efforts on advancing the Nation’s long-term economic interests inside the traditional territory of Treaty #4, while fostering the renewal of their culture, expanding their land-based education, and promoting the revitalization of their language.
The collaboration between Steel River Group and Peepeekisis Cree Nation will generate sustainable benefits back to its Members through focused opportunity exploration in resource development, agriculture, construction, renewables, housing, and irrigation. The Nation will be synergized with Steel River Group’s Ecosystem companies, partners, and relationships, offering a wide scope of opportunities and vision for the future.
The Peepeekisis Cree Nation is a signatory of Treaty #4 in 1874. Located in the traditional territory of Treaty#4 that spans thousands of kilometers traversing the provinces of Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Alberta, the Peepeekisis Cree Nation is home to many distinct cultural groupings.
Steel River Group has proudly partnered with Yaq̓it ʔa·knuqⱡi’it (Tobacco Plains Indian Band). The partnership with Tobacco Plains enhances Synergistic Exploration and Expansion of New Markets in the Southeast Region of British Columbia. Steel River Group will work with Tobacco Plains and provide a diverse scope of services, collaborating with the community to focus on building capacity to create economic sustainability, and driving long term employment opportunities for Tobacco Plains and its people.
Yaq̓it ʔa·knuqⱡi’it (Tobacco Plains Indian Band) is a small but diverse First Nation located in the southeast region of British Columbia adjacent to the 49th parallel. Nestled between the base of the Rocky Mountains to the east and Lake Koocanusa to the west, their territory is centered on the Kootenay River extending east through the Castle region and as far south beyond the Flathead. Yaq̓it ʔa·knuqⱡi’it is surrounded by the beauty of the land that has sustained and protected their people for centuries. Yaq̓it ʔa·knuqⱡi’it pride themselves in their connection to the land, to the animals, and to each other with their identity rooted deeply in family, the land, their language, and culture.
For more information about Tobacco Plains visit: http://www.tobaccoplains.org/
As our oldest relationship, Steel River Group is keenly focused on supporting the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation. Our common vision and values ensure we create a lasting relationship built on trust, mutual respect, collaboration, and accountability. Through our proven Ecosystem model, Steel River Group was instrumental in advancing the economic development company of the Alexis Nation, Backwoods Energy Services. This included increasing topline revenue and maximizing Indigenous employment. In June of 2021, Steel River Group sold its minority interest back to the Alexis and is now 100% owned by the community.
The Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation was Steel River Group’s first Indigenous Partner to become part of its Ecosystem in 2016. Members of Alexis are of the Stoney or “Nakota ethnic group” and are the most northwestern part of the Siouan language family. Alexis members refer to themselves as “Nakota”, meaning friend or Ally. The Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation entered Treaty 6 in 1877 and has 1800 members across four reserves in Alberta. Its traditional territory is from the Cardinal River to the south along the foothills and the Rocky Mountains beyond Whitecourt and Swan Hills in the north, reaching east past Barrhead.
Steel River Group has proudly partnered with Willow Lake Metis. The Willow Lake Métis Nations’ goals include community support and engagement, development of a sustainable business department, and building a resilient community. This is the first partnership of the Willow Lake Metis and is foundational to the success of the community goals.
Willow Lake Métis is a community in northeastern Alberta whose members mainly reside in and around the community of Anzac, AB on the shores of Gregoire (Willow) Lake. Located in the heart of the Oilsands the Willow Lake Métis is a section 35 Aboriginal rights-bearing community, an Indigenous people of Canada, and the contemporary successor to the historical Métis community that existed prior to the date of effective colonial control in Alberta.
Steel River Group has proudly partnered with Manitoba Metis Federation. The strategic partnership seeks to capitalize on opportunities within the Homeland of the Metis Nation, including mining, energy infrastructure, power generation, and municipal infrastructure.
This partnership includes a stand-alone joint venture arrangement with the MMF’s operating arm, Metis N4 Construction, a diversified Project Management Construction corporation owned by Metis Economic Development Trust. The new joint venture partnership has fifteen tangible projects on the horizon, including the Wanipigow Silica Sand Extraction Project and the Saskatchewan River Delta project. The new joint-venture partnership strengthens the ability of Metis N4 Construction to win and execute projects by increasing capacity and driving competency.
Founded in 1967, the Manitoba Metis Federation is the democratic and self-governing representative of the Metis Nation’s Manitoba’s Metis Community. The Manitoba Metis are Canada’s negotiating partners in Confederation and are the Founders of the Province of Manitoba. The MMF’s governance structure is comprised of seven Regions within Manitoba each of which are divided into up to 20 Locals. These Regions include Southeast, Interlake, Northwest, Winnipeg, Southwest, The Pas, and Thompson.
For more information about the Manitoba Metis Federation, visit www.mmf.mb.ca
Steel River Group has proudly partnered with Bearspaw First Nation. This partnership will extend that existing relationship to strengthen and advance the economic interests of the Nation through a respectful and transparent relationship – one that is built on shared values, with a focus on Collective Impact initiatives and People-Public-Private-Partnership (P4) Projects. This partnership is an important step towards economic self-sufficiency for Bearspaw, which is one of the Nation’s long-term goals.
Located in Morley, AB at the pristine foot of the Rocky Mountains and in Eden Valley, AB nestled between the Rockies, southern foothills and the Highwood River; Bearspaw operates a travel centre on the Alberta #1 highway, including a Tim Hortons and Esso. Additionally, they are co-owners of the Stoney Nakoda Resort and Casino.