Community Update – December 2, 2015

In an effort to keep communities and partners informed about our activities, once or twice a year the Mi’kmaw Economic Benefits Office (MEBO) prepares a community update. We share this broadly, with the communities, the NEO, EDOs, Chief and council, band managers and others. Please share this with others in your community.

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Abengoa Sets Up Work Yard in Sydport

One of the largest contracts for the Maritime Link is for the transmission lines and recently Abengoa Transmission & Infrastructure, was awarded this contract by Emera NL. Last week Abengoa began hiring and the first hires included three local Aboriginals. They will work on assembling the large steel transmission towers as Powerline Labourers and Abengoa expects to hire many more as work ramps up.

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Aboriginal Engagement Far Exceeded Expectations: Route 4

Potlotek First Nation, NS… An effort to ensure local Aboriginals were employed on the highway construction underway on Route 4 has far exceeded expectations. Work on the upgrade to a section of Route 4 in Cape Breton that goes through the First Nation community of Potlotek (Chapel Island) will end soon.

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PowerTel Starts Work On Maritime Link Hires Local Aboriginals

Catalone, NS, Nov.12, 2015… “This week we are starting work on construction of new transmission towers as part of the Maritime Link and we have hired three local Aboriginals this week and expect to hire several more as work ramps up,” said Jamie Smith, Vice President of PowerTel. PowerTel is setting up a work yard on the Louisbourg Highway near Catalone.

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MEBO Hosts BC Visitors: Sept.17, 2015

Membertou, NS. Sept.17, 2015…. Representatives of a First Nation community in the interior of British Columbia are in Unama’ki (Cape Breton) this week to learn more about how the Mi’kmaw Economic Benefits Office operates and how they engage industry.

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DEFSEC Atlantic 2015: Aboriginals Helping Industry Succeed! Sept.10, 2015

Halifax, NS. Sept.10, 2015… Local Aboriginal organizations presented to the major industry players in the defense and aerospace sector at the Defense Industry conference in Halifax (Sept.8-10) at the Cunard Centre.

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Aboriginals Work on Route 4 Construction

Work is getting underway on the upgrade to a section of Route 4 in Cape Breton that goes through the First Nation community of Potlotek (Chapel island). A pilot project that involves the Nova Scotia Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, Potlotek First Nation and the Mi’kmaw Economic Benefits Office (MEBO), has resulted in five local aboriginals being hired this week to work on the highway construction.

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