b"BUILDING BONDS Valard's Lake Winnipeg East project made history as the first time a contractor finished a joint venture with three First Nations groups in ManitobaForming fruitful Indigenous relations in construction By Matthew BradfordRespect. Cultural awareness. Meaningfulcommunities involves early and ongoinggroups. That includes working with engagement. These are the cornerstonesconsultations, cultural training and activethe Pauingassi First Nation on a water upon which strong Indigenous relationsparticipation in the local economy (e.g.,treatment plant project, collaborating are built in the construction industry.local services, labour, accommodations,with Red Sucker Lake First Nation on a And while the journey towards genuineetc.). It can mean re-aligning oneslocal arena and other ongoing projects.and sustainable partnerships withcorporate culture, but those who investAccording to Travis Paul, Vice President Indigenous communities is not alwaysin the relationship stand to gain long- and District Manager with Bird, what simple, the potential benefits for allterm partners. makes these partnerships successful is parties are worth pursuing. Bird Construction is among thethat they focus on building mutual trust Granted, it takes more than a handshakecompanies leading the way forand long-lasting partnerships rather to forge Indigenous relations. As theIndigenous relations. Guided by athan simply getting the job done. For Canadian Construction Associationcompany-wide Indigenous Engagementus, its never about just building the (CCA) outlines in its IndigenousPolicy and the firms Indigenous businessbuilding, he says. Its about going into Engagement Guide, a documentrelations manager, the PAR-certifieda community, engaging as many people written and researched by Indigenouscompany (see sidebar) has formedand businesses as we can, providing Works, forging bonds with Indigenousfruitful relations with several First Nationsmentorship and apprenticeship CONCRETE RESTORATION SERVICES Parkade Repairs/MaintenanceBalcony Repairs Structural Concrete RepairsBuilding EnvelopeSealant Services WaterproofingCarlson Commercial & Industrial Services Ltd.Email: info@winnproconstruction.ca General Contractor 1035 Mission St., Winnipeg, MB CanadaR2J 0A4 Website: www.winnproconstruction.ca Construction Management Ph: (204) 233-0671 Fax: (204) 233-6938Office: 48 Unit A Speers Rd., Winnipeg, MBR2J 1M3 Design | Build www.carlsoncommercial.cawww.carlsonindustrial.ca38 BUILD MANITOBAwinnipegconstruction.ca"