The community of Frog Lake First Nations provided this story which demonstrates the importance of companies, like Canadian Natural, forming business partnerships and working together to create long-term relationships in the areas where they operate.
Chief Clifford Stanley, Head Representative of FLFN
The community of Frog Lake First Nation (FLFN) has grown from a traditional and agriculturally focused community into a bustling hub for the oil and gas industry. FLFN has embraced change and is charting its own path toward economic success for their community while building capacity to serve core markets in Canada and abroad. FLFN has shown how Aboriginal people can play a crucial role in the development of natural resources by establishing and building First Nation oil and natural gas businesses.
To gain economic self-reliance and to ensure the preservation of the Crown Trust Obligations under Treaties with First Nations, Chief Clifford Stanley, Head Representative of FLFN has been unwavering in managing diverse community interests and projects. His mission is to develop oil and natural gas resources on the and off FLFN Reserve Lands by creating long-term relationships with companies like Canadian Natural.
FLFN created an oil and natural gas company in 1998.Frog Lake Energy Resources Corporation (FLERC) has established trade missions and built their presence in the oil and natural gas markets. Incorporated in 2003, FLERC has achieved outstanding partnerships with many oil and natural gas companies, including Canadian Natural, for the purpose of recovering bitumen.
Some of FLFN & FLERC’s achievements in the community include economic, social and educational dealings benefitting the community, such as:
- Building a multi-million dollar arena and administration building;
- Providing traditional and cultural awareness sessions at numerous workshops and gatherings;
- Holding career conferences for youth, elders and the general public;
- Financing the 20th Annual Indspire Awards (formerly National Aboriginal Achievement Awards) in 2012; and
- Creating the first Oil & Gas Administration Assistant Program in partnership with Portage College, Lac La Biche with 14 successful certificate graduates in 2012/13.
The oil sands and heavy oil industry drives a booming economy in the region. FLFN is committed to be involved and pave the way for other First Nations in accumulating experience in the oil and natural gas industry.
Chief Clifford Stanley stated that, “I am pleased about our continued growth without having to compromise on our principles. Our partners recognize a job well done, and we are certainly stronger together.”