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BTY’s Indigenous Program & Partnerships is our roadmap to take meaningful actions for Reconciliation.

We are undertaking long-term initiatives to transform our business practices and vision to build respectful relationships with Indigenous communities, as part of our commitment to strengthen the communities we serve and work in.

Our program is guided by the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business’s Progressive Aboriginal Relations (PAR) objectives:

• Be good business partners for Indigenous firms and organizations

• Operate great places to work for Indigenous talent and leaders

• Use our expertise to help Indigenous communities prosper

BTY's Key Pillars to Cultivate Progressive Aboriginal Relations

Leadership Actions
  • Actions to reinforce an organizational focus on Indigenous relations by leaders of BTY.
  • Training and knowledge sharing to advance cultural awareness and relationship building.
  • Recruiting and retaining talent, supporting career development and advancement, and promoting the mobility of Indigenous employees.
  • Contributing to the development of Indigenous youth and future prosperity with student internships and awards.
  • Creating a workplace which is inclusive and celebrates Indigenous Peoples’ history, culture and heritage.
Business Development
  • Commitment of resources to the development of business relationships with Indigenous-owned businesses.
Community Relations
  • Providing time and resources to develop and sustain positive and progressive relationships with Indigenous communities, groups, and stakeholders.

Programs and Policies

  • BTY commits to CCAB’s Progressive Aboriginal Relations™ Certification

    BTY has signed on to become a member of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) and committed to achieving the Council’s Progressive Aboriginal Relations™ Certification (PAR).

    The CCAB’s mission is to promote, strengthen and enhance a prosperous Indigenous economy through the fostering of business relationships, opportunities, and awareness for all of our members.

    The CCAB will help us build the bridge between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples, businesses, and communities through diverse programming, providing tools, training, network building, major business awards, and national events.

    Learn more by visiting CCAB’s website on PAR™ Overview.

  • BTY signs on to support Indspire Building Brighter Futures Scholarships

    BTY has partnered with Indspire and committed long-term to funding annual scholarships for Indigenous youth through the Indspire Building Brighter Futures Program.

    Indspire is an Indigenous Canadian charity that invests in the education of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis people to improve lasting positive outcomes for individuals, their families and their communities.

    Every year for the next 25 years, the BTY Group Award will be given to students in construction-related fields who demonstrate outstanding achievements and serve as a role model for Indigenous youth.

    Learn more about Indspire, by clicking here.

  • Indigenous Student Internship Program

    As a student in our Indigenous Student Internship Program, you’ll gain  meaningful work experience in different areas such as Estimating, Project Monitoring, Project Management, Technical Advisory, Marketing, Human Resources, and more.

    You will work with some of the most talented people in our industry while connecting with peers, mentors and members of our community.

    How it Works

    Internships and co-ops are available across Canada, and can be offered for summer or year-long placements.

    Who is Eligible

    Students who would like to apply must identify as Indigenous People of Canada (First Nation, Inuit, Métis)

    Students must also be enrolled in a two year or longer post-secondary program

  • BTY Indigenous Student Award Program

    The BTY Indigenous Student Awards Program was launched in 2022 to support post-secondary students at British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), Southern Alberta Institute Technology (SAIT) and George Brown College.

    These awards are open to all Indigenous candidates who are attending post-secondary institutions. Preference will be given to students studying in the following academic programs: Civil Engineering, Construction Project Management, Construction Estimating, Architectural Building Technology, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Architectural Finance. If there are no Indigenous students from the specified programs that apply, the award will still be given to an Indigenous student and support their studies.

    To be eligible you must:

    • Self-identify as a Canadian Indigenous person
    • You are currently enrolled with an accredited post-secondary institution in Canada
    • You maintain a full course load that leads to a recognized degree, certificate, or diploma

    Learn more by following the links below:

    George Brown – BTY Student Indigenous Award

    SAIT – BTY Student Indigenous Award

    BCIT – BTY Student Indigenous Award

  • Indigenous Relations Policy

    BTY Group is dedicated to growing and promoting mutually beneficial relationships with Indigenous businesses and communities.

    We are dedicated to creating a workplace which is inclusive and respectful of Indigenous Peoples’ diverse histories, cultures and traditions, while providing employment opportunities and partnering with Indigenous entrepreneurs and development corporations.

    BTY Group will adhere to the following principles in the implementation of our Indigenous Relations Policy:

    • Respect and transparency are important in BTY Group’s discussions and engagement with Indigenous people, businesses and communities;
    • Trust is built and earned and stands as the foundation of any good relationship;
    • Business relationships and engagement must be fair and equitable for parties;
    • BTY Group will act with good will and intent in all of its Indigenous initiatives;
    • BTY Group will seek to be a model for exemplary Indigenous relations;
    • The Employment Equity Act is acknowledged as measures are taken to ensure fairness, reasonableness, and an absence of bias and harassment; and
    • BTY Group embraces diversity and inclusion as vital components of a successful, engaging, and productive workplace.

Indigenous Projects

  • SFU First Peoples’ Gathering House

    Burnaby, BC

  • Tłįchǫ All Season Road

    Yellowknife, NT

  • Kahkewistahaw Landing

    Saskatoon, SK

  • Sen̓áḵw Squamish First Nation Redevelopment

    Vancouver, BC

  • Mukwa Waakaa’igan Indigenous Centre of Cultural Excellence

    Sault Ste. Marie, ON

  • University of Victoria National Centre for Indigenous Laws

    Victoria, BC

SFU First Peoples’ Gathering House

Burnaby, BC

The 15,000 sq ft First Peoples’ Gathering House will include a large ceremonial hall for hosting special events, a dressing room, Elders room, a classroom, wellness room and multi-generational Indigenous peoples’ lounge. Located on the Burnaby Campus  of Simon Fraser University, the new facility will serve as a focal point for the community.

Tłįchǫ All Season Road

Yellowknife, NT

The Government of the Northwest Territories is working with the Tłı̨chǫ Government to replace an existing winter road to provide uninterrupted access to Whatì and increase the winter road window of-access to the communities of Gamètì and Wekweètì. The two-lane gravel highway is 97km in length and helps local residents with all-weather access to the surrounding areas.

Kahkewistahaw Landing

Saskatoon, SK

The Kahkewistahaw Landing project is located on the Kahkewistahaw First Nation, spanning 40 acres of urban reserve land. The new development will deliver office spaces, a hotel, convention centre, restaurants and more.

The project which is located near the Saskatoon International Airport will be managed by Kahkewistahaw Economic Management Corporation, with the intention of building “a gathering place” for everyone in the community to enjoy.  


Sen̓áḵw Squamish First Nation Redevelopment

Vancouver, BC

The Sen̓áḵw Squamish First Nation Redevelopment is the largest partnership between a First Nation and a private Developer in Canadian history. The project is also Canada’s first large-scale net zero carbon housing development – and one of only a few in the world. The new development includes 11 mixed-use towers that will fill the 10-acre L-shaped parcel of land and features a district energy system, mass timber construction, and landmark Coast Salish architecture & design. This joint venture with the Squamish First Nation and Westbank will transform the Kitsilano neighbourhood in Vancouver

Mukwa Waakaa’igan Indigenous Centre of Cultural Excellence

Sault Ste. Marie, ON

The Mukwa Waakaa’igan Indigenous Centre of Cultural Excellence is the new heart for Algoma University in Sault Ste. Marie. The centre will be positioned next to Shigwauk Hall, a former residential school that operated between 1875 and 1970. It will showcase the life’s work of the Children of Shingwauk Alumni Association (CSAA), a committed group of residential school survivors and their descendants. Once complete, the facility will also serve as the new home for the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre archives and the Aboriginal Healing Foundation Collection.

Mukwa Waakaa’igan is part of the University’s commitment to creating a safe, welcoming, and inclusive place for cross-cultural understanding, teaching, learning, healing, and reconciliation. 

University of Victoria National Centre for Indigenous Laws

Victoria, BC

The University of Victoria’s National Centre for Indigenous Laws is a 26,000 sq ft expansion of the Fraser building which features new public lecture theatres, faculty offices, classrooms, meeting spaces, an Elders’ room, as well as spaces for gatherings and ceremonies.

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