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Finding Success Through Partnership - First Nations and Metis 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.”

Since signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the Saskatoon Tribal Council in 2011, PotashCorp has been investing in programs that prepare young people for the labour market, including driver training, science and entrepreneurship programs and Atoske (“work” in Cree), which gives youth pre-employment training and job-readiness skills.

“The programs and sponsorships that PotashCorp has invested in allow us to show our youth that good things are ahead for them,” says Saskatoon Tribal Council Chief Felix Thomas.  These efforts have led to an increase in Aboriginal employees at PotashCorp, including a number of long-term employees who have self-identified themselves as First Nations or Métis. The next step is to further develop suppliers and create business opportunities for community partners.

“We believe in partnership,” says Doyle. “It helps us grow as a company. It’s a win-win that will help create a better future for us all.”