Indigenous Relations

We are committed to having a positive relationship with Indigenous groups and with the communities in which we operate.

Our relationships with First Nations, Métis, Inuit, and Native Americans are based on the values of honesty, respect, and transparency. We understand that the majority of our business in Canada lies within the traditional territories of particular Indigenous groups and communities. We work to build and maintain a positive, long-term relationship with local Indigenous groups or communities.

It is our objective to maximize local and Indigenous employment and spend with our projects. We have implemented programs for preferential hiring of local and Indigenous associates and provide barrier-free access for qualified local and Indigenous Companies to provide materials and services.

We have developed strategies involving Indigenous communities in business partnerships, offering training programs, and employing and developing Indigenous people and investing in community support.

Our Indigenous Relations policy provides guidance in fulfilling our commitments.

Progressive Aboriginal Relations (PAR) Program – Gold PAR Level Achievement

Logo for the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business's Gold Progressive Aboriginal Relations Designation

As a patron member of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB), Compass Group Canada continues to demonstrate leadership in supporting Aboriginal economic and business development initiatives throughout Canada. 

We believe in the importance of not only being good business partners, but also of being active members of the communities in which we operate; our long standing relationship with CCAB is one of our strongest partnerships. 

ESS Support Services Worldwide has been awarded Progressive Aboriginal Relations (PAR) Program – Gold PAR Level Achievement, in recognition of our strategic engagement with Aboriginal businesses and communities. 

PAR is a certification program that confirms corporate performance in Aboriginal relations and is a signal to communities that we are good business partner; we are a great place to work, and are committed to prosperity in Aboriginal communities. 

The PAR program provides a high level of assurance to communities because the designation is supported by an independent, third party verification of company reports. The final company level is determined by a jury comprised of Aboriginal business people. Since the program’s introduction in 2001, PAR remains the premier corporate social responsibility program with an emphasis on Aboriginal relations. 

The PAR program verifies corporate initiatives and outcomes in four key performance areas: Leadership Action, Employment, Business Development and Community Relationships. 

Learn more about the CCAB and the PAR certification.