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Indigenous Partnerships

As a Canadian business, we adopt the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as a reconciliation framework and aim to apply its principles, norms, and standards to corporate policy and core operational activities involving Indigenous Peoples and their lands and resources.

Economic Reconciliation

As members of the business sector, we recognize our unique position in building just, equitable, and thriving communities as we strive together for national reconciliation.

Multilingual Indigenous Consultants

We have established partnerships with multilingual Indigenous consultants and consulting firms. Our goal is to engage with Indigenous communities early on to identify and support long-term economic opportunities while aligning proposed activities with traditional values. This helps projects become socially accepted and supports thriving Indigenous communities.

Meaningful Consultation and Collaboration

Since our establishment in 1978, we have consistently engaged in meaningful consultation and collaboration with local Indigenous communities.

Our early work in the Uranium industry within the Athabasca Basin employed and laid the foundation for industry best practices. The participation of Indigenous communities was actively sought and supported. These communities actively engaged in development decisions and shared in the long-term economic benefits of development.

A Symbol of Our Commitments

The Clifton wooden carving, handcrafted by our Temixw Engineering Ltd. partner, Chief Ray Natraoro’s uncle Jim Charlie, a member of the Squamish Nation of the Coast Salish peoples, symbolizes our relationship with multiple communities and our shared commitment toward the environment and its resources.

The carving portrays the elemental forces that shape our environment. The human figure symbolizes soil, the majestic raven embodies air, and the two graceful salmon (male and female) represent water. It incorporates our logo, which is a stylized geological model of the Earth showing the Earth’s core. This serves as a constant reminder of our commitment to caring for the environment and its natural resources.

First Nations Majority-Owned Partnerships

Our formalized partnerships with First Nations communities facilitate sustainable economic development and long-term capacity building.

Misty Clifton Engineering Ltd.

Majority owned by Misty Ventures (Mistawasis Nêhiyawak)

Misty Clifton Engineering Ltd. (MCEL) is a majority-owned entity formed with our long-term client, Mistawasis Nêhiyawak. MCEL specializes in civil, geotechnical, environmental engineering, and construction services. The venture is committed to engineering excellence while fulfilling the business development and education strategies of Mistawasis Nêhiyawak.

Temixw Engineering Ltd.

Majority owned by Stalkaya (Squamish First Nation)

Temixw Engineering Ltd. (Temixw) is a Squamish Nation Member majority-owned engineering firm, with majority ownership held by Chief Ian Campbell (MBA) and Chief Ray Natraoro. Temixw provides civil, geotechnical, and environmental engineering services throughout Western Canada and is committed to supporting business development, education, and training opportunities for the Squamish Nation and its members while respecting traditional values.

Lee-Bo Clifton Projects Ltd.

Majority owned by Keith Nyce (Haisla First Nation)

Clifton has partnered with the Haisla Nation to form a standalone corporate entity named Lee-Bo Clifton Projects Ltd. (Lee-Bo Clifton). Lee-Bo Clifton is a partnership between Mr. Keith Nyce, Councilor of the Haisla Nation, and Clifton. The Lee-Bo Clifton partnership was formed to pursue projects within the Traditional Haisla Territory. Keith’s Traditional Knowledge and connection with the land and the community, combined with Clifton’s engineering expertise and long history of working with Indigenous communities throughout Western Canada will aid in the economic reconciliation of the Haisla Nation by building financial and technical capacity through the delivery of projects that align with the Haisla Nation’s goals.

Clifton acknowledges that we work and live upon the Traditional Lands of many First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Peoples who endure as the customary keepers of the Earth, Sky, and Sea. We value and respect the cultures, histories, Traditional Knowledge, and languages of all First Peoples of Canada and make this acknowledgement as a reconciliatory act with gratitude to those on whose territory we live and work.​