Speaking with the Premier about how successful the SRP program has been and how important it is that the Federal Government support continued efforts to clean up well sites on First Nations lands.
Alberta targets dollars for reclamation of wells in and around First Nations and Métis settlements
Alberta Energy Minister Sonya Savage said the program served a number of purposes, including creating much needed work in the hard-hit oil field sector and restoring the land.
The Alberta government is allocating $100 million in funding from the federal government in period six of the Site Rehabilitation Program (SRP) to reclaim wells in and around First Nations and Métis Settlements.
“We will continue to work closely with our Indigenous partners through the SRP and other energy initiatives to ensure that they, like all Albertans, are in a position to benefit from our economic recovery efforts,” said Savage.
Frog Lake First Nation Chief Greg Desjarlais said the program would allow member-owned companies and member joint ventures to provide “boots on the ground.”
One such joint venture is with Pimee Well Services, owned by six First Nations, including Frog Lake in northeastern Alberta.
“As First Nations we are part of the solution here in Canada. It’s time that the governments work with us, know we are very smart and resilient people. We know how to create that balance that Canada is looking for,” said Desjarlais.
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‘Inspiring’ Pimee Well Servicing recognized as 2019 Aboriginal Economic Development Corporation of the Year
By JWN staff |March 19, 2019
The Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) and Sodexo Canada have named Pimee Well Services LP as the recipient of the 2019 Aboriginal Economic Development Corporation of the Year Award.
The oil and gas service company was founded in 1984 and is co-owned by the Heart Lake First Nation, Beaver Lake Cree Nation, Whitefish (GoodFish) Lake First Nation, Saddle Lake Cree Nation, Kehewin Cree Nation and Frog Lake First Nation.
“Pimee Well Servicing represents Indigenous entrepreneurship at its best. The company was founded by the shareholder chiefs with the express purpose of creating jobs for their people and giving back to their communities,” CCAB and Sodexo said in a statement.
“Today, 97 per cent of the company’s 138 full-time employees are Indigenous. Pimee Well Servicing also pays regular dividends to the shareholder First Nations that are used to fund youth and elder programs and support local recreation and sports organizations. These dividends also support community investments in daycare and other “public good” projects and programs.”
JP Gladu, CEO of CCAB, praised the company on its “inspiring success.”
Pimee CEO Clayton Byrt said, “We are the Natural Stewards of our resources. Pimee Well Servicing was founded 35 years ago, but we have been here for 10,000 and will be here for 10,000 more.”
The award presentation will take place on May 9, 2019, at CCAB’s Annual Calgary Gala in Calgary.
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Indigenous Engagement Award at the Global Petroleum Show
The Indigenous Engagement Award was sponsored by GuildOne which recognizes an organization or national indigenous community that has demonstrated best efforts and success in engaging consultation, business development opportunities or community development. The winner of the 2018 Indigenous Engagement Award went to Pimee Well Servicing LP because it is not only First Nation owned, but 94% of their employees are indigenous and members of local communities.
Pimee Well Services is not only owned by six First Nations: Beaver Lake Cree Nation, Frog Lake First Nation, Heart Lake First Nation, Kehewin Cree Nation, Saddle Lake Cree Nation and Whitefish (Goodfish) Lake First Nation but they also vested in building on its strengths and maximizing opportunities with their partnerships in the oil industry. They also reinvest back into each community to help support community well-being and to improve the quality of life for their people. Today, Pimee Well Services has fourteen rigs and 125 full time employees and has succeeded to create employment for member Shareholder Nations in which 92% of the employees come from surrounding Aboriginal communities.
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The Hitch Member Profile: Pimee Well Servicing
By Jess Sinclair
Founded in 1984, Pimee Well Servicing LP has endured the volatility of the oil and gas market in Alberta and emerged as a company with a strong commitment to community and the preservation of the land. The company’s partners, Beaver Lake First Nation, Frog Lake First Nation, Heart Lake First Nation, Kehewin Cree Nation, Saddle Lake First Nation and Whitefish (Goodfish) Lake Band #128, share these commitments. Operating mostly in the northeastern part of the province, Pimee focuses on providing excellent service and creating opportunities for the area’s Aboriginal communities.
First Nation elders help celebrate new rig to service Cenovus operations at Christina Lake
January, 2013 — Cenovus joined a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Whitefish Lake First Nation to celebrate the inauguration and raising of Pimee Well Servicing’s newest rig. The new rig will be in service at our Christina Lake facility. Whitefish First Nation elders performed a smudging ritual, traditional drumming and singing before the ribbon was cut.
Pimee Well Servicing is an oilfield service company in northeastern Alberta. It’s owned and operated by a partnership of six First Nation bands, including Saddle Lake, Kehwewin, Frog Lake, Beaver Lake, Heart Lake and Whitefish Lake. Continue reading
Pimee exemplifies the Native entrepreneurial spirit
Edmonton’s Shaw Conference Centre provided the backdrop for the 10th annual Alberta Business Awards of Distinction gala on Feb. 27. More than 800 Alberta business people honored their own at the academy awards-style function hosted by the Alberta Chambers of Commerce.
Pimee Well Servicing Ltd., with its head office on the Kehewin Cree Nation at Bonnyville, beat out such tough competition as Peace Hills Trust, owned by Samson Cree nation of Hobbema, and RKM Logging Ltd. of High Level for the coveted Eagle Feather Business Award of Distinction in the category of Aboriginal-owned business. Continue reading