Forging a link for the future
Northern News Services
Denendeh Investments Inc.(DDI), the business arm of the Denendeh Development Corporation, has acquired one third ownership in the Aboriginal Contractors Corporation.
That corporation is the majority owner of the Mackenzie Aboriginal Corporation (MAC), a partnership between five southern contractors specializing in pipeline construction.
The move positions DDI to provide more employment opportunities to Dene along the Mackenzie Valley during construction of the proposed Mackenzie Valley pipeline, said Darrell Beaulieu, Denendeh Development Corporation chief executive officer.
The potential is jobs for aboriginal workers in camps, developing infrastructure and providing catering, he said.
The five contracting companies in the partnership include: Flint Energy Services, North American Construction Group, Peter Kiewit and Sons Co., Ledcor Industries Inc. and Midwest Management.
The five companies are prepared for 25 apprenticeship positions for aboriginal workers, said Barrie Robb MAC vice president of business development.
An inventory of aboriginal workers and sub contractors throughout the Mackenzie Valley will also be produced, said Robb.
"In our view, it should make a very attractive package," he said.
Doors have opened for future development, said Aklavik Chief Charlie Furlong, who was representing the Gwich'in Development Corp.