Unama'ki Economic Benifits Office

Unama'ki Economic Benifits Office

Unamaki

Unama'ki Economic Benifits Office

The five First Nations communities in Cape Breton (Unama'ki) have joined forces to open a new office located on Doucette's Lane in Membertou mandated to maximize economic benefits of major construction projects happening on the island.

The office serves as a liaison between the aboriginal communities; both aboriginal and non-aboriginal businesses; and the Sydney Tar Ponds Agency. The Economic Benefits Office will also provide guidance and organize training to ensure Unama'ki businesses are successful with proposals and bids. The office will also explore possible partnerships between Aboriginal companies and non-Aboriginal companies.

Local First Nations communities expect to secure a minimum of $8 million in contracts with the Tar Ponds cleanup and employ a minimum of 20 aboriginals. The Unama'ki Economic Benefits Steering Committee emphasizes that these numbers are minimum targets. They plan to be aggressive and proactive in securing contracts; they hope to gain up to $38 million in contracts to employ as many as 60 full-time workers.

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