Industry and Indigenous communities both play a critical role in the stewardship of Canada’s natural resources and economic development. By connecting Indigenous communities with opportunities in the natural resources sector, Steel River Group is forging a better, stronger, and more prosperous path forward.
In an aim to develop relationships built on trust and acknowledgment, Steel River Group seeks to understand the uniqueness of each Nation, fostering partnerships based on their individual economic, cultural, and spiritual beliefs.
Steel River Group has proudly partnered with Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation of Treaty 6 land through our minority interest in Backwoods Energy Services. As a Nation-owned business, Backwoods Energy Services works arm and arm with the Nation to coordinate and execute all regulatory requirements and ensure respectful dialogues that mitigates any impact to Aboriginal and Treaty Rights.
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 Rocky Mountains beyond Whitecourt and Swan Hills in the north, reaching east past Barrhead.
Steel River Group has proudly partnered with Stoney Nakoda Nation. Through this relationship, Steel River Group will collaborate with the Stoney Tribal Administration and Band Member-owned businesses. Steel River Group, through its subsidiaries and relationships, will also provide Stoney Nakoda Nations with an expanded scope of services and deliver additional capacity to its businesses and operations. In partnership, Stoney Nakoda Nations and Steel River Group will work to strengthen and advance mutually benefiting economic interests through a respectful and transparent relationship that’s aligned in shared values.
The Stoney Nakoda First Nations are composed of the Bearspaw First Nation, the Chiniki First Nation, and the Wesley First Nation. The Stoney Nakoda are part of the Sioux-Assiniboine Stoney language continuum and speak the Nakoda language. They are the original “people of the mountains”, the “Iyarhe Nakoda”. The Bearspaw, Chiniki and Wesley Nations were each parties to Treaty No. 7, made in 1877, but have inhabited their traditional areas along the Rocky Mountain corridor for generations. Oral history says that they have been there since time immemorial. Today the Nations share governance over reserve lands at Morley, Eden Valley, Rabbit Lake and Big Horn, Alberta. Stoney Nakoda Nation members continue to practice their traditional ceremonies, culture, language, values and way of life; living in harmony within the context of modern times.