Redefining Reclamation: Using Traditional Ecological Knowledge in Oil & Gas Reclamation

Lunch and Learn seminar in Edmonton, March 30 by David Blackmore, Executive Director Woodland Operations Learning Foundation (WOLF)

The Oil Sands Innovation Summit

March 21 and 22 in Calgary. The summit brings together some of the best minds working in oil sands and from global environmental research and technology development to discuss ideas and showcase some of the latest efforts underway to improve environmental performance in the oil sands.

Alberta Invasive Species Council Conference

Thursday, March 23, 2017, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm (coffee’s on at 8:30 a.m.).  Lacombe Memorial Centre,  5214 – 50 Ave, Lacombe, Alberta. How and which invasive species are negatively impacting Alberta’s economy and ecosystems?
How AISC reports and maps invasive species?
The biocontrol agents AISC is researching and using.
Whirling disease, mussels and other aquatic invasive species.
The many ways you can help us battle invasive species.

Alberta Chapter of The Wildlife Society 2017 Conference

March 17-19, 2017
The Bold Centre, Lac La Biche

The good, the bad, and the ugly: Effects of fire on our landscape and wildlife, Special symposium on predator control,
Workshops on Indigenous arts and crafts,
Banquet, awards, auction, and entertainment!


The Aboriginal Environmental Services Network can assist Indigenous communities or businesses in developing funding applications for proposals or grants that relate to environmental services such as environmental monitoring, reclamation or forestry. We can assist you in determining how suitable a particular funding opportunity may be, and partner with you to conduct the project.

Thinking of starting your own business or expanding your existing environmental services business? Contact Business Link. They offer services and advice on financing and training for Indigenous entrepreneurs and communities.

Alberta Indigenous Relations offers a number of grants for business development and employment creation.

Canada-Alberta Job Grant can assist employers and government share the cost of training new and existing employees to increase their knowledge and skills to meet the needs of Alberta’s changing economy.

Alberta Aboriginal Small Business Resources has a number of business development services, loans and grants to assist Indigenous Businesses.


In conjunction with Vertex Resource Services Ltd., Acden vertex coordinates and manages small to large-scale environmental projects within the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.

Aseniwuche Environmental Corporation is an integrated, community inspired organisation with a genuine connection with the environment. Aseniwuche Environmental Corporation has brought years of experience, practical analyses of local systems and the incorporation of scientific and traditional aboriginal knowledge to natural resource industries since 2011.

BearPaw offers services in conventional environmental sciences disciplines and also emerging unique markets such as Traditional Knowledge Studies. Over the years we have completed numerous environmental projects and assignments but it is our unique approach and understanding as Aboriginal people that interests most of our clients.

Haneshe LP Environmental Services

Haneshe LP offers a range of environmental services for the oil and gas, power, mining and infrastructure sectors. We integrate technical excellence and Indigenous values to deliver sustainable, innovative solutions to our clients. Our services include reclamation and remediation, strategic planning, engagement, and training. We are committed to building long-term partnerships with Indigenous businesses and communities to maximize their participation in our projects.


Kisik Environmental Services, a TSAG Ventures business, was established in 2015 to meet the need for an environmental consulting company that operates under a mandate of providing reliable environmental services that are not only necessary in the short term but also build capacity for sound future management of reserve and traditional lands.

Last updated: August 5, 2016

Please contact us if you would like to add an Indigenous-owned environmental service business to this list.

Data for Decisions

“ Without data, you’re just another person with an opinion ”

W. Edwards Deming – Data Scientist

To make decisions on environmental matters, one requires good data on which to base those decisions. We live in an age of information overload, yet at times it seems we cannot find sufficient information about environmental issues. Here are some links to freely available data and reports on wildlife, plants, traditional landuse studies, climate change, reclamation and forestry:

golden saxifrage
air and water
land use
traditional land use study
climate change
solar and energy efficiency


Indigenous people and communities are particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. View Alberta’s climate leadership report and plan:
Climate Leadership report to minister executive summary (pdf)

The Land Reclamation International Graduate School (LRIGS) at the University of Alberta and the Canadian Forest Service of Natural Resources Canada (CFS) hosted a one day workshop on “Aboriginal Participation in Land Reclamation: Enhancing the Dialogue”. View the report: LRIGS CFS Aboriginal Workshop Report 2015 (PDF)

Aboriginal Environmental Services Network – Business Case


There are numerous government agencies in Alberta that Environmental Service providers frequently interact with and make use of for information and other purposes. These government agencies can be provincial or federal. Each agency has a very specific mandate for a particular area of the environment. Below is a list of environmental areas with the corresponding government agency.

Responsibility Provincial Federal
Climate change
Environmental monitoring
Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC)
Applications for oil sands, oil and gas, pipeline and coal developments

Monitoring environmental impacts of industry

Remediation and Reclamation

Enforcing the rules on industry

Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) Indian Oil and Gas Canada

National Energy Board (NEB)




Food and forestry sectors


Alberta Agriculture and Forestry (AAF) Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) (forestry, wildfire)

Agriculture and Agri-food Canada (agriculture)

Consultation Alberta Indigenous Relations (AIR)

Consultation also occurs within other departments

Canadian Environmental Assessment Association (CEAA)

Consultation also occurs within other departments