EAST SIDE ROAD NETWORK MOVES FORWARD WITH COMPLETION OF BLOODVEIN COMMUNITY ACCESS ROAD
– – – Bloodvein First Nation Enters into Five-Year, 15-Million Community Benefits Agreement
Bloodvein First Nation—The Honourable Greg Selinger, Premier of Manitoba, Aboriginal and Northern Affairs Minister Eric Robinson, Member of Parliament Greg Rickford, Parliamentary Secretary of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, and Ernie Gilroy, CEO of East Side Road Authority, today joined Bloodvein First Nation Chief Roland Hamilton to officially open a new access road that links the community to the all-season road network currently under construction.
“The east side road network represents an unprecedented investment in this region that is creating jobs and training opportunities for east side residents,” said Premier Selinger. “Today marks an important step toward connecting east side communities to the rest of the province, bringing down the cost of living and improving access to services for east side families.”
“Our government is committed to investing in local infrastructure and this partnership represents how these investments benefit local residents,” said the Honourable John Duncan, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development. “The completion of the road will boost local economic growth and we look forward to working on similar initiatives that will create opportunities for Aboriginal people to participate in Canada’s social, cultural and economic life.”
“We thank the federal government for partnering with us on this important project and look forward to working with them to continue building access roads to link more east side communities,” said Minister Robinson, minister responsible for the East Side Road Authority (ESRA). “With the completion of the access road, residents can now access the all-season road network currently under construction. Once construction of the all-season road to Bloodvein is complete, residents will have better access to goods and services. In the meantime, this access road means local residents will be able to drive to work sites, resulting in more job opportunities on the all-season road project.”
“The Government of Canada was very pleased to partner with Manitoba and Bloodvein First Nation on the access road project,” said Parliamentary Secretary Rickford. “The completion of the access road is a major milestone for the First Nation as it will connect the community to an all-season road network and will increase economic development opportunities.”
Earlier this year, Canada, Manitoba and Bloodvein First Nation announced the construction a
2.5-km access road linking Bloodvein to the all-season road network. As part of the agreement, the federal government committed $2.67 million, the provincial government committed $830,000 and Bloodvein First Nation committed $390,000. Work on the road began in January and was completed recently with approximately 50 local residents working on the project.
ESRA and Bloodvein First Nation also announced today the signing of a new Community Benefits Agreement that will result in Bloodvein First Nation undertaking clearing work and aggregate production for the all-season road project.
“We are extremely pleased that our community’s construction company and members of our community built the access road, which we can now use to undertake construction contracts on the all-season road project,” said Chief Hamilton. “The signing of a new Community Benefits Agreement provides more jobs and economic development opportunities for our residents and we look forward to working with ESRA on the all-season road project.”
Under the terms of the agreement, Bloodvein First Nation is required to use a previously established separate corporate entity to undertake construction work. ESRA will perform project and contract administration services for the community in order to assist the First Nation in project management, mentoring and ensuring appropriate oversight. The total value of the five-year agreement is estimated to a maximum of $15 million.
“Over the last number of years, Bloodvein First Nation has been undertaking a significant amount of pre-construction work for the all-season road project,” said Mr. Gilroy. “This work has helped to move the all-season road project forward while providing benefits for the local community. We are pleased to enter into another CBA with Bloodvein and look forward to working with Chief Hamilton and Council into the future.”
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The Province of Manitoba is distributing this release on behalf of the governments of Canada and Manitoba, Manitoba East Side Road Authority and Bloodvein First Nation.