Saskatoon Tribal Council Video - PSAB

Established in 1982, the Saskatoon Tribal Council (STC) has become a successful tribal region located in Treaty 6 territory. Through excellence in service and program delivery, the STC has developed community and business partnerships that have become significant contributors to within Saskatoon and the region. Find out more in this video where we sit down with the STC to talk about their success.

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Saskatoon Tribal Council (STC)

Treaty 6

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Established in 1982, the Saskatoon Tribal Council has become a successful tribal region located in treaty six territory. With over 250 employees, the Saskatoon Tribal Council is recognized as a major employment contributor within Saskatoon and the surrounding area. The STC represents approximately 11,000 First Nations people from the STC region.

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STC represents 11,000 First Nations

Mark Arcand, Vice Chief, Saskatoon Tribal Council

The Saskatoon Tribal Council is an organization that works for seven member bands which are Muskeg Lake, Mistawasis First Nation, One Arrow First Nation, Whitecap Dakota/Sioux, Yellow Quill First Nation, Kinistin First Nation and Muskoday First Nation.

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Muskeg Lake
Mistawasis First Nation
One Arrow First Nation
Whitecap Dakota/Sioux
Yellow Quill First Nation
Kinistin First Nation
Muskoday First Nation

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STC works collaboratively with its seven member bands, the City of Saskatoon, Federal and Provincial Governments, school boards and private industry to offer numerous programs and services to First Nations people, on and off reserve.

Mark Arcand

We are an organization that develops services for communities; we work with them, we want to help them build some capacities within their communities and we also work for the urban City of Saskatoon where we have a protocol with all of our other tribal councils and First Nations.

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STC is comprised of five corporations that deliver services in the areas of children; family and community programs; education; health and wellness services; environmental and engineering services; affordable housing; labour force development; and technical and business advisory.

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Saskatoon Tribal Council Inc.
Cress Housing
STC Urban First Nations Services Inc.
STC Health & Family Services Inc.
Dakota Dunes Community Development Corporation (DDCDC)

Mark Arcand

Our role is basically just to help them build capacity, not tell them what to do that's best for their community, but to help them along their path of what they need.

Felix Thomas, Chief, Saskatoon Tribal Council

I guess the biggest positive is being self-reliant and being able to provide for your family and being able to provide infrastructure for your nation in terms of water, schools…and those infrastructures, even something as simple and essential as sidewalks in our First Nations.

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Over the years, STC has partnered with numerous industry leaders to create business entities and initiatives in construction management, potash, real estate, gaming industries and continues to make contributions in the Saskatoon community through community development philanthropy.

Felix Thomas

We got into the partnerships early in the game and early on in our tribal council. My predecessor thought it was important too, because we didn't have the resources to do a lot of the work.

Gillis Lavalley, Manager Aboriginal Relations, SaskEnergy

The partnership with Saskatoon Tribal Council basically sets up economic development.

We provide resources to help STC develop and capitalize on procurement and initiatives that are being set up, not necessarily with SaskEnergy, but with other crown corporations and industry players as well.

Lawerence Courtoreille, CEO, Mikisew Energy Service Group

I think a lot of value we bring to this partnership is our experience in dealing with industry. We've been dealing with them for the last 30 years, we went through all the stages of every possibility of trying to be successful and we saw a lot of the mistakes that happened.

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These partnerships also foster Aboriginal inclusion which is a critical component in the Canadian workplace.

Doug Golosky, Director, Lynco Eagle

We would like to have an aboriginal company that can do great from start to finish, any major project using aboriginal people. And we have a tremendous amount of talent in the aboriginal communities so it just - I think it's a tremendous opportunity for all of us.

Jerry Cole, Vice President, Lynco Eagle

The industry we're in is heavy industrial mainly with fabrication and stuff and Saskatoon Tribal Council with the seven nations brings us more of a footprint in Saskatchewan.

Leanne Bellegarde, Director Aboriginal Strategy, PotashCorp

PotashCorp was really committed to trying to figure out how to ensure aboriginal inclusion in our Saskatchewan operations in particular. It made sense when we started out on our efforts to include aboriginal people and the economic participation opportunities; we had to start out by looking at the Saskatoon Tribal Council and its member nations because of their proximity to our corporate office and to at least four or our mines in this area. And, you know, they're a well-established organization with a lot of credibility, strong infrastructure and stable leadership and those are all good qualities in a partner.

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Aboriginal partnerships
Investing in the future
Finding success through partnership
First Nations and Métis presence growing at PotashCorp

As PotashCorp grows, so does our need to establish strong working relationships with people and suppliers in First Nations and Métis communities.

"It is vitally important to our future to engage the Aboriginal community," says Bill Doyle, PotashCorp's President and Chief Executive Officer. "When we go to events at the White Buffalo Youth Lodge and see that energy the young people bring, we know they can do great things for our community and for our company."

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STC is committed to providing excellence in program and service delivery and continues to place a priority on economic development.

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Committed to providing excellence in program and service delivery

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Priority on economic development

Mark Arcand

Our vision for the Saskatoon Tribal Council is to be a catalyst of success.

Felix Thomas

What we see is our people being more reliant and healthy and safe and secure, also educated and economically successful. I have always said there is nothing wrong with a successful Indian.

Mark Arcand

When we talk about the quality of life of our people, we want them to be better educated, better in the workforce, be better citizens and have a better understanding to be part of a bigger picture which is the Province of Saskatchewan and Canada.

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