PAFHQ Construction is a First Nations partnership in southern Saskatchewan comprised of File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council Developments LP (FHQ Developments, 50%), Points Athabasca (Points Athabasca, 17%), and Graham Construction (Graham, 33%). This partnership was forged to further engage the First Nations community in Saskatchewan’s growing economy, and contribute to the continuing development of Saskatchewan, particularly the Mining Sector.
FHQ is made up of 11 First Nations communities in southern Saskatchewan: Carry the Kettle, Little Black Bear’s Band, Nekaneet, Okanese, Pasqua, Peepeekisis, Piapot, Standing Buffalo, Star Blanket, Wood Mountain, and Muscowpetung.
The Mission of FHQ is to invest in profitable and sustainable business ventures that will contribute to the long-term economic independence of our shareholders’ communities, consistent with First Nation’s values. Its Vision is to be a proud and vibrant business owned by First Nations, actively participating in the economy.
Points Athabasca is an experienced aboriginal-owned general contracting company, and since 1999, the company has built an impressive portfolio of high-quality projects in a wide variety of areas. Well known in the industry as an expert professional labour resource, Points Athabasca is committed to providing the highest quality of service through local participation and developing capacity in local and impacted areas, and has a strong track record of success in training, mentoring and employing people in local communities.
Operating throughout Saskatchewan with targeted expansion planned for Western Canada, Points Athabasca is supported not only by its skilled workforce and management team, but also by the strength of its owners. 75 percent of Points Athabasca is owned by Athabasca Basin Development, an investment company committed to building and investing in successful businesses. Athabasca Basin Development is owned by the seven communities in Northern Saskatchewan’s Athabasca area. These communities are largely Dene First Nations communities and include Fond du Lac, Stony Rapids, Black Lake, Hatchet Lake, Wollaston Lake, Camsell Portage and Uranium City. 25 per cent of Points Athabasca is owned by one of North America’s largest construction companies, Graham.
As one of Canada’s top builders, Graham has an unparalleled record of completing complex and challenging projects on time and on budget. With more than eight decades of successful project delivery experience and revenues exceeding $2 billion annually, Graham has set itself apart as a world class construction solutions partner.
The Graham Group is an employee-owned, industry-leading family of companies offering general contracting, project management, design-build and construction services from offices across Canada and the Central and Pacific Northwestern United States. As the leading industrial contractor in Saskatchewan, Graham has extensive experience planning and delivering expansion, debottlenecking and maintenance projects for major potash clients. Graham’s detailed planning and project execution strategies reflect our:
- In-depth knowledge of mining processes and workflows
- Expert understanding of material transfer systems
- Thorough comprehension of ore processing, including crushing, scrubbing wet milling, tails drying, screening and compaction
- Commitment to ensuring safe, secure access for facility staff and visitors as well as project team members and construction personnel.
The partnership with Graham provides Points Athabasca with the support, experience and systems to manage any size of industrial, commercial, or civil project.