July 8, 2013 3:13 PM - Financial - Contracts - Construction
TORONTO, July 8, 2013 /CNW/ - Aecon Group Inc. (TSX:ARE) announced today it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Kiikenomaga Kikenjigewen Employment & Training Services (KKETS), A Division of Matawa First Nations.
The agreement represents the beginning of a strategic partnership between Aecon and KKETS; starting with a joint commitment to expand training and development programs for First Nations in northern and remote areas surrounding Ontario's Ring of Fire mining development.
Under the agreement, Aecon and KKETS will work collaboratively to develop "Remote Training Centres" to provide local access to community-based education, trades and apprenticeship training, operated by First Nations in a socially and culturally relevant environment. The Remote Training Centres take advantage of state of the art computerized technology systems and high-speed satellite broadband internet to connect communities.
"Our relationship with the Matawa First Nations and KKETS is an important component of Aecon's strategic approach to community engagement and skilled labour development," says Teri McKibbon, Aecon's President and Chief Operating Officer. "Education and training is a priority for Aecon. Programs such as the Remote Training Centres are an innovative response to the future demand for labour in remote areas, and will make positive contributions to surrounding communities."
"In the past, First Nations did not have the same participation in the labour market, but through the process of developing and maintaining relationships with key employers, potential employment opportunities have been recognized," stated Morris Wapoose, KKETS' Program Manager. "We want to thank Aecon for stepping forward and we look forward to building this positive relationship."
Matawa First Nation Management (MFNM) is a non-profit corporation and Tribal Council that provides advisory services to its nine member First Nations of Eabametoong First Nation, Neskantaga First Nation, Marten Falls First Nation, Nibinamik First Nation, Webequie First Nations, Constance Lake First Nation, Aroland First Nation, Long Lake # 58 First Nation, and Ginoogaming First Nation. KKETS is the Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy Provider for Matawa First Nations and is committed to delivering programs that meet the needs of employers and trainees for all Matawa First Nations.
Aecon Group Inc. is a Canadian leader in construction and infrastructure development providing integrated turnkey services to private and public sector clients. Aecon is pleased to be consistently recognized as one of the Best Employers in Canada.
The information in this press release includes certain forward-looking statements which are subject to risks and uncertainties. In addition to events beyond Aecon's control, there are factors which could cause actual or future results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those expressed or inferred herein including, but not limited to: the timing of the project, unanticipated costs and expenses, general market and industry conditions and operational and reputational risks, including large project risk and contractual factors. Readers are referred to the specific risk factors relating to and affecting Aecon's business and operations as filed by Aecon pursuant to applicable securities laws. Except as required by applicable securities laws, forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made and Aecon undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
SOURCE: Aecon Group Inc.
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TSUU T'INA, AB, July 6, 2013 /CNW/ - Today, the Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, and Chief Roy Whitney-Onespot of the Tsuu T'ina Nation joined community members at a special ceremony to celebrate the final settlement of three specific claims related to past transactions involving the Glenmore Reservoir in Calgary, Alberta.
"Our Government has made real progress in the resolution of specific claims, and the agreement with the Tsuu T'ina Nation provides another great example of what we can accomplish by working together with First Nations," said Minister Valcourt. "Settlement agreements create new opportunities for economic growth that can lead to a brighter future for First Nations and all Canadians."
"On behalf of Tsuu T'ina citizens, and my Council colleagues, and particularly our elders, I want to thank the Government of Canada, the Minister and his department for coming to the table respectfully and completing this land claim settlement," said Chief Roy Whitney-Onespot. "The settlement resolves a longstanding issue for our people and was accomplished through patient negotiation by Tsuu T'ina Chiefs and Councils before me. The settlement will aid in the Nation's goal of economic self-sufficiency over the long term."
Under the settlement agreement, Canada is providing the Tsuu T'ina Nation with $20.8 million in financial compensation to resolve three claims known collectively as the Glenmore Reservoir specific claims. The claims relate to three separate transactions involving the Glenmore Reservoir in the 1930s in which the Tsuu T'ina Nation did not receive adequate compensation. The settlements highlight the Government of Canada's commitment to righting past wrongs through the resolution of specific claims, while contributing to the creation of jobs and economic growth in First Nation communities and surrounding areas.
Canada is working with First Nation partners across the country to achieve results at negotiating tables for the benefit of all Canadians. Negotiating claim agreements is key to achieving reconciliation and rebuilding relationships with First Nation people in Canada. Since 2007, Canada has settled close to 100 specific claims.
Up-to-date information on this and all other specific claims can be found on the Status Report for Specific Claims.
SOURCE: Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
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General Information on Specific Claims
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This release is also available on the Internet at www.aandc.gc.ca.
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Office of the Honourable Bernard Valcourt
Tsuu T'ina Nation
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