Teck and the Alexis First Nation formed a partnership with the City of Edmonton to help support Aboriginal workers.
Since 1997, Cardinal River Operations and the Alexis First Nation have had a formal relationship, part of which focuses on employment opportunities for First Nation members. In 2010, Teck and the Alexis First Nation began focusing their efforts on livelihoods rather than on direct employment at the mine. Cardinal River annually commits $75,000 to an employment program developed jointly with the Alexis First Nation; its goal is to assist students (primarily post-secondary) in finding long-term, local, meaningful employment opportunities. The program focuses on finding students summer employment relevant to their area of education.
In 2011, Teck and the Alexis First Nation formed a partnership with the City of Edmonton to help support Aboriginal workers. Through this partnership, high school students receive 12 to 16 weeks of work in areas consistent with their education. The City of Edmonton provides workshops on resumé writing and interviewing skills. This program is particularly beneficial to First Nations students who need employment in order to continue their studies in Edmonton. Students in the program stated that it was very beneficial and that it enabled them to learn new skills and gain work experience.
This case study was originally published in our 2011 Sustainability Report.