Within the Ecosystem, Steel River Group proactively aligns our Indigenous Partners with industry. We believe when Nations are equipped to be a competent, strong and an equal partner with Industry, all stakeholders will benefit based on their give goals. Indigenous people can, have been, and will always be valued allies in the development of the Canadian economy. However, this can only be achieved when done so in a proactive manner that is consistent, professional and transparent.
Steel River Group has proudly partnered with Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation of Treaty 6 land through our minority interest in Backwoods Energy Services.
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. It 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. 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.
Steel River more recently formed a partnership with Horse Lake First Nation and their Horse Lake Oilfield Construction Corporation. Assistance in their day-to-day operations will help expand their scope of services throughout all their subsidiaries.
This ability to link Indigenous groups with private sector will enable the Nations to prepare for long-term economic benefits.
– Trent Fequet, President and CEO of Steel River Group