Indigenous Relations

We Act on Our Words

Valard acknowledges that Indigenous Peoples have distinct historic cultural values across Canada. Recognizing this, we are committed to building mutually beneficial, sustainable and collaborative relationships and partnerships with Indigenous Peoples.

Our employees work to achieve a level of trust, as a building block for our Indigenous partnerships. We maintain our partnerships by keeping our word.

Relationships Built on Respect, Openness and Fairness

Valard has built strong partnerships and relationships with diverse communities across the country. We strive to create employment, enhance skills and improve the economic conditions of communities neighbouring our projects.

Our positive and fruitful relationships with Indigenous communities and individuals are integral to our success.

We are serious about our obligation and commitment to Canada’s Indigenous communities and will continue to set the standard in each province and territory in which we operate.

Partnership with Supercom Industries

Supercom Industries is a 100% Aboriginal-owned joint venture by the six First Nations proximate to the East-West Tie Transmission Line in Ontario.

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Successful Indigenous Relations Practices

On the Island Falls Project in Saskatchewan, Valard and Kitsaki Management Limited Partnership employed an average of 60 Kitsaki members over an 18-month span. They made up 50% of the workforce onsite and worked 120,000 man hours.

The work included tower assembly, foundation installation, quality assurance, camp maintenance, equipment operations and medical services.

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Joint Venture with Three First Nations

Manitoba provincial history was made with this project as it was the first time a contractor/employer (Valard) successfully completed a joint venture (for tower assembly) with three First Nations’ groups.

Those groups were Sagkeeng First Nation, Black River First Nation, and Hollow Water First Nation. The project was the Lake Winnipeg East Transmission Project.

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Indigenous Pre-Employment Program

Participants completed classroom training then joined our crews on the Fort McMurray West Transmission Project (WFMAC), where they received mentorship and support.

The aim was for participants to stay on long-term with us and enter a skilled trade apprenticeship. The program was also designed to remove barriers and provide training and employment opportunities.

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