Cultural Responsibility

Our Commitment


Steel River is proud to be a company that intertwines Indigenous and corporate values. We are committed to fair, respectful, and honest business practices and aspire to build authentic long-lasting relationships with local and Indigenous communities focused on mutual success.


We honor our people and those who came before us by learning from and sharing knowledge with local Indigenous communities, acknowledging that each community has its unique history, traditions, beliefs, and expertise. We value community knowledge and the significant impact it has when incorporated throughout the life cycle of a project.


Steel River strives to deal with suppliers and contractors who are leaders in their industries and are willing to demonstrate a strong commitment to ethical procurement and sustainable development by adopting health & safety, labour, environmental and ethical principles that ensure the well-being of their employees and the communities in which they work.


Steel River provides training to all new employees, associates, partners, and project staff through sessions that share our unique history, values, approach, commitments, and cultural and corporate expectations. Throughout the various Steel River Owned Entities, ongoing formal and informal training is provided on relevant cultural, wellness, and safety topics providing opportunities for our people to share, connect, and learn from one another.


Community Engagement


Authentic engagement with Indigenous and local communities is a very personal process and Steel River understands that each relationship will be as unique as the communities with which they are fostered.


Steel River is actively involved in Indigenous and local communities throughout western Canada and strongly believes that our relationships and connections with Indigenous and local communities build capacity, strengthen competency, and are the key in making positive social and economic change.


We actively seek out mutually beneficial working relationships with various groups and entities in the communities that surround our projects. We value these working relationships, as they provide us with a better understanding of the region, its resources, and how we can be a better employer, a working partner, and a contributor in the region.


Examples of groups and entities we actively seek working relationships with are listed below.


  • Band offices and community programs
  • Friendship Centres
  • Tribal Associations
  • ISET (Indigenous Skills and Employment Training) offices
  • Recruitment offices
  • Post-secondary institutions
  • Apprenticeship programs
  • Business development programs