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Cleanup Bringing New Skills to First Nations Communities

On June 16, The Sydney Tar Ponds Agency announced two initiatives that continue to build on the success of Aboriginal participation in the Sydney Tar Ponds and Coke Ovens Remediation Project.

A protective soil layer will soon be placed over the Coke Ovens site and Denko Mi'kmaq Enterprise Ltd. of Eskasoni will work on the project.

The $4.2-million project will begin later this month. The aboriginal set-aside contract accounts for about 30 per cent of the cover project. The remainder will be tendered this month as a general contract.

The second initiative, an enhanced environmental work training program has also begun. It helps eligible aboriginal people increase their skills in environmental remediation. The 18-month program provides field and office training as participants work with consultants and contractors.

More than 73,800 person hours (equivalent to 37 full-time jobs) have been designated to First Nations people. This meets the commitments of an Aboriginal Set-Aside Procurement Strategy signed in 2008 by the government of Canada, the province and the Mi'kmaq First Nations of Cape Breton.


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