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History of Backwoods Energy Services
Beginning in 1986, Backwoods was a forestry contractor that specialized in remote locations along the Northwestern coast of British Columbia. In the 1990′s, Backwoods began to diversify into other forestry related services and in the early 2000’s, Backwoods transitioned its focus in the North Western Albertan energy industry. In late 2014, the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation, acquired a majority ownership position in Backwoods Energy Services. Today, Backwoods Energy Services is 100% Indigenous-owned and the largest Indigenous-Community owned company in NW Alberta.

Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation
Members of the Alexis First Nation are of the Stoney or “Nakota ethnic group” and are the most northwestern part of the Siouan family. Alexis members refer to themselves as “Nakota”, meaning friend, ally. The name “Stoney” was given them by white explorers, because of their technique of using fire-heated rocks to boil broth in rawhide bowls. Very closely related to the Assiniboine, who are also known as Stone Sioux. The Stoney are descendants of individual bands of Dakota, Lakota, and Nakota, in particular of western groups of Assiniboine, from which they spun out as an independent group at about 1744.

Alexis signed an adhesion to Treaty 6 in 1877 and currently has 4 reserves. The home Reserve (133) is located 80km northwest of Edmonton on the shores of Lac St. Anne, with other Reserves are near Whitecourt, Hinton and Edson, Alberta. Today, the total registered population of the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation is approximately 1800 persons.

Backwoods Vision 
It is our deep belief that it is the responsibility of all citizens, government, and corporate Canada to play a role in building a more Indigenous inclusive society to ensure every Indigenous person has equitable access to education, health and economic opportunity.

Mission:  Driving economic opportunity by empowering Indigenous people and communities.

Backwoods Energy Services provides industry partners with a reliable path to project success while operating in the Alexis traditional territory.

Solutions-Focused Consultation and unique governance
We facilitate an effective engagement process that ensures a mutual understanding of issues and interests of the Nation.

Operational Excellence
We have a proven track record delivering consistent quality work on time and on budget.

Economic Empowerment
We create economic opportunities that help build sustainable and resilient communities.

Alexis Nakota Sioux Community Vision
We will walk in both worlds without compromise. We will educate ourselves holistically while protecting the integrity of our inherent and Treaty Rights. Our right to lands, independence and freedom. This right was endorsed by our past Chief “Arannazhi” through pipe ceremony with our ancestors and sealed by the Creator – it will exist throughout eternity, “As long as the sun shines, the grass grows and the rivers flow, our treaties are sacred.”

Solutions-focused Consultation

We facilitate an effective 
 engagement process that ensures a mutual understanding of issues and interests of the Nation.

Operational Excellence

We have a proven track record
 delivering consistent quality work on time and on .

Economic Empowerment

We create economic opportunities that help build sustainable and resilient communities.

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