Vertex Indigenous Relations

Vertex recognizes and appreciates the unique qualities, abilities and diversities of Indigenous People and their relationship with their lands and environment.

Vertex Resource Group acknowledges the importance of building strong and authentic relationships within the communities we serve. We respect and appreciate the unique qualities, abilities and diversities of Indigenous Peoples and their relationship with their lands and environment. Many of our operations are situated on or near the traditional lands of Indigenous Peoples throughout Canada and the United States, and we respect the established treaty rights of these precious communities and regions.

Through open communication we develop positive relationships with Indigenous Peoples, based on trust, honesty, and integrity. In building this trust, Vertex aims to deeply understand regional matters, enabling us to better anticipate and manage the social and economic impacts of our operations on local communities. This synergy helps us and our Indigenous partners realize our goals and accomplish mutually beneficial business objectives.

The intent of this policy is to benefit the Indigenous Peoples and Nations we work alongside. Honoring this commitment, we aim to help these groups in the following ways:

Vertex offers equal opportunities to Indigenous Peoples to become a part of our permanent workforce, which encompasses a wide spectrum of career opportunities and levels. We collaborate with Indigenous communities to create opportunities for training and mentorship within our existing and expanding business. This also includes contracting opportunities for qualified Indigenous companies, suppliers, and contractors, where appropriate.

Vertex is committed to creating and sustaining mutually productive and beneficial relationships with local Indigenous Nations and Peoples. We encourage joint venture opportunities when they build capacity and support mutual business and social interests for all parties. Vertex will enter into agreements with Indigenous Nations, when and where appropriate, to initiate and support training for employment opportunities, apprenticeships, and other initiatives that will help build and sustain Indigenous communities. This includes funding for community development, and continuously monitoring our physical footprint in an ongoing effort to practice responsible and sustainable environmental policies within the Indigenous land base.

Download our Indigenous Relations Policy 2024 

Associations

Vertex is a proud member of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB).

Current Indigenous Partners

Vertex has developed business relationships with locally operated Indigenous Businesses. These have been developed to meet our principles of economic and employment capacity building. Each has a defined territory and provides an industry-leading suite of expert and versatile solutions to meet our clients’ needs.

Guiding Principles

We respect Indigenous Peoples’ traditional values and ways of life, heritage sites, and the sacred relationship they have with their lands and the environment.

We engage in open, honest, two-way communication with Indigenous Peoples about Vertex’s projects and operations.

We assist Indigenous Peoples in achieving continual benefits resulting from Vertex’s projects and/or operations, including opportunities to build capacity in training for employment and business development.

We uphold a shared commitment to always conduct our projects, operations, and general business in a manner that reflects these principles. This corporate social responsibility is expected of ourselves, our subsidiaries, employees, and contractors.

We provide ongoing leadership and resources including project management, development of business strategies, and action plans to ensure the effective implementation of this policy and its principles.

 

  • Acden Vertex

    The Acden Vertex Limited Partnership provides training and employment opportunities to help build and sustain Indigenous and First Nation individuals and communities in the Wood Buffalo Region of Alberta. With this goal in mind, Acden Vertex provides a unique suite of services for the construction, maintenance, drilling, and environmental disciplines in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.

  • Alexander Vertex

    Vertex is proud to partner with Alexander First Nation through Alexander Contracting & Construction Ltd., a teaming agreement with Vertex as the lead within Treaty 6. This teaming arrangement allows Alexander and Vertex to work together to provide a diverse service offering including environmental sciences, engineering, construction services, and contracting services. Vertex also provides training and employment initiatives to the Alexander community through online learning and in-person field training.

  • Haisla Vertex

    Vertex has a strong standing partnership with the Haisla Nation to provide professional services support throughout the Kitamaat region of British Columbia. This relationship was formed in 2014 and focused on safety and medical services including the on-site provision of equipment, vehicles, and personnel. Since its inception, this relationship has expanded to cover all of Vertex’s professional services including land, regulatory, and environment. Vertex’s relationship with the Haisla Nation focuses on community involvement in training and employment. Vertex has been successful in employing members of the community to complete work in the Kitamaat area and Haisla members have accounted for as much as 35% (or more) of Vertex’s workforce in the area.

  • Nekaneet Vertex

    Nekaneet First Nation is located in southwest Saskatchewan and has developed a partnership with businesses to help stimulate local employment and business development initiatives. Vertex has worked with Nekaneet under the Nekaneet Vertex partnership to develop training strategies including the utilization of our learning management system to increase the accessibility and variety of training options. Nekaneet Vertex is proud to provide environmental and engineering services for southwest Saskatchewan.

  • Siksika Vertex

    Vertex’s partnership with Siksika First Nation is focused in central Alberta and has allowed the Siksika Nation abundant opportunities surrounding the city of Calgary. This relationship covers all of Vertex’s services and has even expanded to allow opportunities for Siksika with some of Vertex’s working partners in other industries. Project opportunities have ranged from small-scale field training to the utilization of large crews for large infrastructure projects.

  • T'Sou-Ke Vertex

    Vertex is a working partnership with the T’Sou-Ke First Nation (T’Sou-ke) to provide environmental and hydro-vac services throughout southern British Columbia. This partnership shares an alignment with policies, commitment to the environment, and initiatives to combine traditional knowledge with western science. The umbrella of this partnership includes all areas of environmental services including soils, groundwater, wildlife, and remote sensing. The Vertex team provides technical expertise and industry knowledge, while the Nation provides opportunities to grow and learn, and access to a workforce eager to develop their skill set. This partnership provides our clients with the opportunity to work with a First Nation company that is backed by industry-recognized skills, yielding a high-quality product and opportunities to grow and develop the Nation where they operate.

  • I am a proud member of the Metis Nation of Alberta. I moved from a small town in central Saskatchewan to Edmonton to pursue an academic, research, and professional consulting career in environmental sciences and land reclamation. With both an educational and professional background in Reclamation and Remediation, I have obtained a Diploma, Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy in Reclamation and Remediation.

    I have always been interested in trying to find better ways to reclaim and restore disturbed ecosystems using techniques that work with and assist Mother Nature in helping re-establish ecosystems sustainably and economically. It has been my philosophy that “Nature is the World’s Largest Nursery” and if we treat Mother Nature right, Mother Nature will allow us to reclaim and restore the land.

    Vertex has provided me with extraordinary opportunities to pursue my quest to continue to push the envelope in determining better ways to reclaim and restore the landscape using a combination of ingenuity, traditional knowledge, and dedication. Vertex is very supportive in finding ways that create training and employment opportunities for Indigenous peoples. Much of our research is devoted to developing methods that also have great potential to create jobs for local Indigenous communities. I have heard many companies talk about how they are committed to providing opportunities for Indigenous people, but here at Vertex it is actually tangible and that is something I am very proud to be a part of.

    - Dean – Vice President, Monitoring & Reclamation
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