Industry and First Nation communities speak a different language when it comes to business
Whether it’s describing a particular project, the understanding of project impacts, or the contrasting and conflicting interpretations of project value, profit and inclusion, the inability to find ways to speak with one another in order to identify shared value slows progress, development and engagement.
Why BCT Projects?
Many companies don’t have the time to learn a different way of doing business with potential Aboriginal partners and often, First Nations communities don’t have the capacity to meet the ever-expanding requests from and expectations of Industry wanting to do business.
At BCT Projects, we are fluent in the languages of First Nations and Industry and work with those who have a genuine interest in learning how to speak one another’s language, to build relationships, partnerships and projects. If your organization is looking for support and guidance in its First Nations engagement and inclusion efforts, contact us.
Leonard has spent more than 20 years of his professional career facilitating relationships between Indigenous communities and industry across British Columbia, in strategic leadership and operational roles with the Stk’emlupsemc te Secwepemc Nation, the Aboriginal Mentoring & Training Association, and BC Corrections. Known for his upstanding ethical and moral standards, and his unwavering commitment to doing what he says he’s going to do, Leonard has a strong track record of success in developing lasting Aboriginal-Industry partnerships across the mining, forestry, powerline, oil and gas, and transportation sectors. His strong communication skills and empathetic approach to work have demonstrated time and time again that it’s possible to build positive and meaningful relationships, regardless of geographical setting, project constraints, or other project variables.
Meaningful, successful Indigenous-Industry partnerships exist. But they take time and effort to create, foster and grow, and require the willingness and commitment of both parties to see and hear the world from the other’s perspective.
Shane spent the first 15 years of his career building and repairing bridges as an ironworker. Thirty years later he’s still building bridges, they’re just different. As a former band councillor and chief (Tk’emlups te Secwepemc), tribal chief (Shuswap Nation), and regional chief of British Columbia, Shane has spent the last 16 years stepping out of his comfort zone and encouraging others to do likewise in pursuit of successful Indigenous-community relations with Industry and Government. Shane’s commitment to taking a different approach is paying off. His work to facilitate the economic agendas of Indigenous communities is helping drive social agendas which in turn are creating independence for Nations across Canada. The communities and companies Shane works with have found innovative ways of building mutual understanding in order to create new paths to collaboration, productive working relationships, and economic and social reconciliation. In addition to running four successful businesses, Shane is a negotiator at heart and has been instrumental in negotiating significant agreements with both New Gold Inc. and the Kinder Morgan Pipeline, and many others across the oil and gas, mining, transportation, and energy sectors.
Reaching an agreement is about more than short-term benefits. It’s about building legacies within communities to benefit members for many years to come, while also contributing to our regional, provincial, and federal economies.
We want to hear from companies and First Nations communities with a genuine interest in learning how to speak one another’s language, to build relationships, partnerships, and projects.
If your organization is looking for support and guidance in its First Nations engagement and inclusion efforts, or you are a First Nation looking to develop industry partnerships to benefit your nation, let’s start a conversation. Email [email protected] or call at 250.571.4339