Cenovus is committed to having open communication with Indigenous community members. For formal consultation of projects in Alberta, Cenovus is directed by the province as to which First Nations communities we need to consult with. We engage with these communities regularly to help ensure they understand the potential impacts of our operations and identify ways we can mitigate these impacts.
Find out more about Alberta’s consultation guidelines.
Taking action in our communities
The Conklin community is only a few kilometers away from two of our oil sands projects in northeastern Alberta. We work closely with the Conklin Resource Development Advisory Committee (CRDAC) on consultation for development of those projects. The CRDAC asked Cenovus to work with them to better understand our project footprint impacts and how the land will be reclaimed over time. In response, we worked with a consultant hired by the community to create imagery and a video showing how these will change over the life of the project.
In order to ensure Cenovus has minimal impact on the traditional territory of Cold Lake First Nations (CLFN), we work closely with CLFN’s consulting company, Nu Nenne Stantec, to conduct traditional knowledge studies to better understand the Nation’s interest on proposed development areas in the Foster Creek region. Stantec employs technical experts and elders from the community to analyze the potential impact of annual development within their traditional territory. If the elders have concerns, we work with the community to minimize the impact as much as possible.