In an effort to address some of the current Resource Industry and Provincial Government initiatives, Ledcor CMI Ltd. recently hosted an Aboriginal Awareness Training workshop for local community, government and industry representatives.

Guest speaker Robert Laboucane, of Ripple Effect Ltd., delivered a passionate and informative series of issues facing aboriginal people today, who are trying to enter into the workforce. His knowledge and understanding of the barriers still facing aboriginal people in this country were shocking at times, but his commitment to shed light on these issues, inspired many who attended, to look for positive ways to remedy some of these problems.

?Robert definitely opened my eyes on several stereotypical misconceptions I?ve had regarding aboriginal people?, said local Circle of Friendship vice-president Stacey Lajeunesse, ?so I?m very impressed that a corporation like Ledcor would take the leading role in educating us on issues that not only aboriginal people face, but employers and communities as well. Our local groups mandate is to educate and support the community with aboriginal and non-aboriginal needs and this workshop has certainly helped us to better understand the challenges we will all face in the future?.

Company representatives from Western Canadian Coal, Ledcor, Tercon and Pelly Construction along with community services leaders and officials, were encouraged to attend this full day workshop in a coordinated effort by Ledcor to resolve some of these outstanding issues facing our society today.