Inclusive Action – Indigenous Participation & Partnership

Sartori is committed to establishing respectful and supportive relationships with Indigenous organizations and their community members throughout British Columbia. We recognize that proactive engagement and meaningful involvement is integral for our understanding of the environmental and social landscapes in which we provide environmental consulting services.
To highlight this commitment, Sartori has entered into a joint venture with a member of the Simpwc First Nation, to create Skemtsin Environmental Inc. (Skemtsin). Skemtsin was founded in 2014 with equity ownership by Sartori and Mr. Sidney Jules (VP of Operations and Project Lead). This affiliate company operates as a First Nation partnership out of Barriere, BC, and servicing inland and north coast clients.

Sartori and Skemtsin’s approach is focused on integration and application of Traditional Indigenous Knowledge and Western Science-based approaches. Together we are committed to providing training and mentorship to the communities in which we work, with a strong intent to aid in the creation and longevity of meaningful employment opportunities.

Since inception, Skemtsin has provided a range of consulting services including but not limited to:

  • Environmental services for a Cultural Heritage Study, 
  • Technical review for various Environmental Assessments within traditional territories, 
  • First Nations archaeological/environmental coordination and monitoring for major highway and pipeline construction

Skemtsin has worked directly for Indigenous Nations including Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc, Westbank First Nation and Simpcw First Nation. We are cognisant of the professional, fair, and diverse management principles of the Indigenous communities and traditional territories in which we work and understand that respect is of utmost importance to ensuring ongoing relationships, and thus the quality of service delivery and development of internal capacity.

    Further to our relationship with Skemtsin, Sartori has a recent history of successful Indigenous collaboration:

    • Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation) – An ongoing relationship with Squamish Nation Employment & Training to provide co-operative job placements for past graduates of their Environmental Monitoring training program offered in partnership with Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Sartori has been acknowledged by the program director to be the only environmental consulting company to offer and maintain long-term employment for a graduate of the program.
    • Lil’wat Nation – Sartori contracted the Lil’wat Nation to assist in our role as the Independent Environmental Monitor (IEM) for the construction of the Upper Lillooet Hydro Project. Environmental technicians assisted with routine environmental compliance monitoring and an extensive mountain goat monitoring program. In total. Since 2014, up to five Lil’wat Nation technicians were involved at any one time, contributing upwards of 5,000 hrs to the project.
    • shishalh (Sechelt) Nation and Tsain-Ko Services Limited Partnership (Tsain-Ko) – Sartori contracted Tsain-Ko, shishalh Nation’s economic development arm, to provide labour assistance in our role as the Independent Environmental Monitor (IEM) for the construction of the Narrows Inlet Hydro Project. Through Tsain-Ko, Sartori retained an environmental technician to perform routine environmental monitoring, goat monitoring, water quality sampling and reporting. In the first six months of this project, upwards of 900 hrs have been contributed by the shishalh Nation environmental technician.