Syncrude is celebrating an notable milestone with indigenous people now numbering 475 of its permanent workforce .
Indigenous employess now represent 10 per cent of the oilsand joint venture workforce. In the past the numbers have hovered between 8.1 and 9.4 per cent of the permanent workforce but numbers have been steadily growing since 2014 as the company cuts its attrition rate of its indigenous employees
In 2017, Syncrude says 16.4 per cent of its new hires have been aboriginal.
“We are hiring them because they are excellent candidates,” Syncrude vice-president Greg Fuhr said in a message on the company’s website.
“It’s not just the right thing to do, it’s been a smart thing to do and has helped us succeed.”
Aboriginal employees are also represented in Syncrude’s leadership, representing 7.3 percent, the company says.