Steel River Group and Aseniwuche Winewak Nation of Canada Announce Strategic Partnership

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NEW PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN SRG AND AWN WELCOMES AWN INTO THE STEEL RIVER ECOSYSTEM AND BEGINS COLLABORATIVE EXPLORATION OF SOCIAL, CULTURAL, AND ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES.

CALGARY, April 16, 2020 /CNW/ – Calgary based, Steel River Group Inc. (“SRG” or the “Company”) announced today that it has formed a strategic relationship with Aseniwuche Winewak Nation (AWN).  The strategic partnership between Steel River Group and AWN will explore social, cultural and economic opportunities through a trust based, collaborative and respectful engagement. The successes of this partnership will be driven by the Inclusive Steel River Ecosystem Model, which aligns Steel River owned companies, Indigenous Partners and Alliance Partners. The Ecosystem fosters alignment among all rightsholders through trust, transparency and a shared vision.

Aseniwuche Winewak Nation is well positioned for growth and economic development as a result of emerging industries and opportunities local to its traditional territory, including its fully operational fabrication shop.  Steel River Group will work alongside the Nation to capture these opportunities by bolstering capacity and backend structures, increasing the ability to capitalize on future ventures.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Aseniwuche Winewak Nation to support and expand their economic opportunities and undertakings,” said Trent Fequet, President and CEO, Steel River Group. Adding, “Establishing lasting and sustainable partnerships is the foundation of the SRG model. We believe that trust based, respectful engagements lead to more successful projects and sustainable partnerships.”

Working with Aseniwuche Winewak Nation, Steel River Group will collaborate with youth and elders, elected officials, the economic development group and band member-owned businesses to fully understand their long-term goals and vision. Steel River Group, through its subsidiaries and relationships, will seek to augment and build upon the economic opportunities in AWN’s traditional and surrounding areas.  Steel River Group is looking forward to providing AWN with a diverse scope of service and collaborating to increase business and operational capacity where needed. 

“We anticipate a successful and mutually beneficial relationship with SRG and are excited about exploring future opportunities,” said Brenda McFadyen-Landry, Chief Operating Officer, Aseniwuche Winewak Nation. Adding, “We carefully select our partners and are confident this association will further our goals for capacity building, economic and community development and creating a stronger market presence.”

Steel River Group looks forward to building and maintaining a long-term sustainable relationship with Aseniwuche Winewak Nation that creates and promotes social, economical and cultural opportunities.

About Aseniwuche Winewak Nation

Aseniwuche Winewak Nation (AWN) is a provincially incorporated not-for-profit society representing seven Indigenous communities in Grande Cache, Alberta. Formed in 1994, AWN represents 350+ members who share a unique history and ancestry as descendants of various Indigenous groups, including Sekani, Dene-saa and Iroquois.

About Steel River Group

Steel River Group is a privately held Indigenous owned and operated company that was born out of a deep belief that there has never been a better time to reimagine how a private Indigenous business defines, creates and captures value for our People, Communities & Alliance Partners. Our operating approach is centred around our Indigenous Inclusion Ecosystem Model, which aims to bring Steel River Companies, Indigenous Communities and Alliance Partners together over a shared vision to create opportunities that build long-term capacity and competency.

As a management entity, Steel River Group supports it subsidiary companies that specialize in general contracting, construction management, water management, and equipment leasing and operating.