This September, a beautiful drum was presented to Ledcor from the Haisla Nation based in Kitamaat Village, British Columbia to recognize our efforts in employing and training Haisla members. The Eagle/Salmon drum from Haisla Nation was handmade by Haisla artist Paul Windsor, a former Ledcor employee. The drum was specifically designed to reflect the strength of our partnership.
Since the beginning of our partnership with Haisla Nation in 2011, Ledcor has provided training opportunities for Haisla members so that they can be equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to work in the construction industry.
“We feel Ledcor has gone above and beyond to work with the Haisla Nation and its membership to employ and provide valuable on-the-job experience and training,” said Paula Smith, Haisla Nation Job Coach. “A lot of time, effort, and coordination is required to provide Band Members long-term sustainable employment. We look forward to continuing our work with Ledcor in the future.”
Over the last four years, Ledcor has hired over 50 Haisla members for the Kitimat LNG Project, including the implementation of new training programs such as the Rock Truck Operator and Construction Craft Worker programs. More recently, in May of this year, Ledcor hosted a week-long Construction Readiness Training Program for over 20 Haisla members consisting of CSTS, WHMIS, First Aid Level 1, Confined Space Awareness, and a corporate Ledcor information session.
In June, as construction was ramping down in Kitimat, Ledcor hosted information sessions in the community and transferred over 15 qualified members to work with us on the Fort Hills Project located near Fort McMurray, Alberta. We are thankful to our project teams for their incredible efforts to help employ and train Haisla members—and more importantly, to strengthen our relationship with the Aboriginal community.