INDIGENOUS PARTNERSHIPS

Over the past 40 years, aodbt has established lasting relationships with our Indigenous clients, which have resulted in many transformative collaborations.

Community & Collaboration

Indigenous partnerships have always been a very important part of aodbt. The relationships we have worked hard to cultivate have helped to build our firm and have had a major impact on the way we approach projects. We’ve been fortunate to watch these Indigenous communities grow, and to be a small part of that process.

Listen with intent

We have so much to learn from Indigenous communities. A key difference when working on these projects is how we approach them. There is a familiar relationship, and the ability to be open and to listen is incredibly important.

Have an open-mind

We approach these projects as a skilled leader who’s willing to work with the community, rather than as an outside expert who knows everything.

Every voice matters

There’s value in having many different types of stakeholders on a project. Oftentimes, we work with project leadership and we don’t get to work with the people that will be the end users of the facilities. Indigenous communities are different. They have a real mandate and responsibility to report back to their communities – and that can be anybody from an elder to a grade three student.

“aodbt has been an excellent partner in the area of service and construction. They are a dependable and reliable as contractor. Their leadership and management skills have been an added benefit to our organization.”

Justin Delore

Director of Operations, Kahkewistahaw First Nation

Projects

Indigenous Partnerships have been tremendously important to our firm. Some of our most vital projects have included Indigenous schools and health centers, or projects that bring all nations together, such as Wanuskewin.

As the realization has occurred that, traditionally, civic and institutional spaces have not been design for Indigenous Peoples, we feel a responsibility to extend engagements and design solutions that reflect First Nation/Metis culture into the broader project sphere so all people can be represented and feel welcome in all of our buildings.

aodbt has a proud history working with Indigenous communities across Saskatchewan to design and develop:

  • Health centres
  • Band offices
  • Recreation facilities
  • Community centres
  • Education facilities
  • Housing facilities

We’re grateful for the ongoing opportunity to work with Indigenous partners on impactful community projects.