About Primco Dene

Since 1999, Primco Dene has been providing the people of Cold Lake First Nations and beyond with innovative solutions and endless possibilities.

From humble beginnings,  we have grown to partnering with and providing services to, multi-billion dollar companies like Cenovus and Imperial Oil.

We’ve also developed some incredible franchise partnerships with multinational brands like Papa Johns, Wok Box and Jiffy Lube. We will never forget that our sole purpose is to create real, lasting prosperity for the people in our community, and in communities across the country.




Indigenous Employment


to Community

Our focus isn’t just building strong businesses though: we are also a major supporter of charitable causes across our region (which you can learn about here). The dollars we have given back to the people of the Cold Lake First Nations support the Nation’s administration and individual events and causes.

“Our claim to fame is our consistent and industry-leading Indigenous engagement and employment”

James Blackman, CEO

Our Mission

Primco Dene is a wholly owned company of Cold Lake First Nations. Built to create value and sustain profitability for our shareholders, we provide premium services at competitive rates to our clients by optimizing industry standards and best practices.


We are enthusiastic members of the following associations and organizations:

Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business

CCAB builds bridges between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples, businesses, and communities through diverse programming and by providing tools, training, network building, major business awards, and national events....

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Circle For Aboriginal Relations

The Circle for Aboriginal Relations (CFAR) is a registered non-profit, non-partisan Society of professionals from diverse backgrounds who work within Aboriginal relations groups in communities, governments and industries....

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Our Pillars

The pillars of our business have led the growth and development of Primco Dene to being a nationally recognized company. We believe that each of our pillars is equally important to create a balanced and stable foundation for success, and whenever we make any decision, we look at the impact on each of these pillars.

& Management
Board, Chief
& Council
& shareholders


completed projects/contracts for various industry clients


contributed to the U of A Indigenous Community Relations Program


of our workforce is represented by women

Cold Lake First Nations

Cold Lake First Nations is the governing body for people descended from several different indigenous groups living around Cold Lake, Alberta. There are over 2,500 members of this band, with around 1,400 living on five reserves in the Cold Lake area.

The larger Dene aboriginal group's traditional territory stretches from the far north of Alaska and as far south as Texas—taking in much of western Canada—and their history goes back further than 4,000 years. As a nomadic people, they were well placed to trade furs with encroaching Europeans.

This map outlines the traditional lands of Cold Lake First Nations (CLFN) as agreed by the Federal and Provincial governments under the Primrose Lake settlement agreement. This boundary is not fixed and is evolving as we continue to collect land use data from our Elders. When Industry seeks development within the traditional lands of Cold Lake First Nations, the people of CLFN believe in the simple principle of “A livelihood for a livelihood.”

As you can see, the Cold Lake Air Weapons Range occupies over two thirds of the Nation's area, so the Nation's administration is continually working to preserve the environment and culture that we depend on. Traditional activities like hunting, fishing, berry picking, collecting medicines and camping are all encouraged as ways to connect us with our land and heritage.

Primco Dene is a key part of Cold Lake First Nation's economic development strategy, working closely to develop the region's economy and ensure jobs for as many of its members as possible.

Visit Cold Lake First Nations website Learn more about our commitment to Cold Lake First Nations Learn about our history