Haisla Members working on the LNG Canada site in Kitimat

Ledcor partners with the Haisla Nation for jobs, skills training

A new partnership between the Haisla and construction company Ledcor has been making waves in the last couple weeks.

A new partnership between the Haisla and construction company Ledcor has been making waves in the last couple weeks.

The cooperation between the two groups has led to hands on job training and employment in many roles across Ledcor’s operations in the Kitimat area.

Ledcor has hired many members in varying roles from Heavy Equipment Operators, Safety Coordinators, Environmental Coordinators, Project Administrators and Labourers,” wrote Paula Smith, Haisla Nation Job Coach, in an email.

She said that the partnership came out of the Haisla’s focus to partner with “organizations that can enhance our sustainability through employment of members and build capacity within the nation.”

Ledcor offers our members growth opportunities in employment and training. The skills our Haisla people will learn on site with Ledcor are valuable to the employee, the employer, the nation and to the client,” she added.

Ledcor is a member of the Progressive Contractors Association of Canada, which works to “ensure fair access to work opportunities for (their) members by promoting a legislative framework and industry practices that establish a level playing field for all construction industry participants,” according to their website.

One of the huge priorities that governments have these days, and First Nations have, is helping (First Nations) to share in the prosperity and the economic development that seems to happening all around,” said vice president of Policy and Advocacy at the Progressive Contractors Association of Canada, Darrel Reid.

Ledcor seems to be leading the charge, so they identified very quickly this need for dialogue with First Nations leadership, understanding what their needs are, and then building programs that actually meet those needs and provide long lasting employment for people in the community.”

Quentin Huillery, Ledcor senior vice president, said that the decision to partner with the Haisla developed from a number of different angles.

From a business point of view, we knew that we wanted to be involved in the LNG sector and some of the other developments that were going on in that region… and more importantly we looked at the relationships that were available and possible in the region,” he explained.

When we started to get to know the Haisla folks, it was very confirming for us in that there was an immediate display of strong business integrity,” he added. “What we really liked was the fact that the Haisla were keen to partner with only one partner in each of the different sectors, and for construction, they chose us.”

Smith, Reid, and Huillery all said they would recommend organizational partnerships with First Nations across the country.

Our goal has been to train and educate our Haisla members and who better to do that then the companies with the expertise. When these projects end we still have a community who needs people with knowledge and skills in specialized areas,” wrote Smith.

From our perspective, our relationship with the Haisla stands above, they operate with a tremendous amount of integrity and business ethics,” said Huillery. “We would for sure recommend something for ourselves if we get into another First Nation in another region, (and) for any other company considering doing the same.”

Our key philosophy is that relationships matter, respect matters. First Nations obviously deserve to be full partners in the economic development that we’re seeing (in western Canada,) explained Reid.

Haisla members have been working with Ledcor on the LNG Canada site, as well as a number of other projects in the area.

 

Just Posted

PHOTO GALLERY: Malicous Monster Truck Tour

The Malicious Monster Truck Tour sold out to crowds of 2,500 people… Continue reading

North Coast fishing grounds key to orca recovery: DFO

Plan marks waters from Langara to Rose Spit as critical habitat for northern resident killer whales

Chris Green, mother of scouts, passes away

Green, who was born near Kitimat, spent more than 60 years volunteering with Scouts Canada

Intertidal Music Festival back for round two

More than 20 performances throughout the day at the North Pacific Cannery on July 21

Alberta man missing on Kitimat River found dead

Body found on July 11 after going missing on July 7

VIDEO: Trudeau shuffles familiar faces, adds new ones to expanded cabinet

Justin Trudeau shuffles his front bench Wednesday to install the roster of ministers that will be entrusted with leading the Liberal team into next year’s election.

Wildfires erupt in B.C. Okanagan forcing evacuation orders and a highway closure

Check out a list of up-to-date information on blazes happening within the Kamloops Wildfire Centre.

‘Amazing Race Canada’ competitors face B.C. challenge

They drove Corvettes, mastered falconry basics, and ate blueberry pie in the Cowichan Valley

Grizzly bear jumps in river, chases B.C. kayaker

The bear got a bit too close for comfort along the Elaho River near Squamish

Evacuation alert issued due to Dog Creek Trail Wildfire

An evacuation alert has been issued by the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako… Continue reading

Parks Canada looks to shine light on cloudy future for historic sites

A plan is in place to produce 10-year plans designed to turn around sagging attendance figures

B.C. poet shines a bright light on struggle with homelessness

Book launch for John La Greca’s Homeless Memorial is at Vernon’s Gallery Vertigo July 21.

Ontario police say attack on Muslim man was motivated by hate

Two men, aged 27 and 19, have been charged with assault in the incident

Canadian Tire delivers toys to ease kids’ street play pain in B.C. neighbourhood

It’s like Christmas for 11 kids who are supposed to be confined to their yards by strata bylaw

Most Read