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What matters most on August 28, 2018
Jessica Botelho-Urbanski08/28/2018 7:00 PM
In 2016, some Manitoba Hydro employees called the camp “Keeyask-atraz” and described prison-like conditions, alcohol and drug abuse, favouritism in the workplace and discrimination between Indigenous and non-Indigenous employees.
Many seemed unhappy and felt their grievances weren’t followed up on by management. One worker reported being called racial slurs such as “Pocahontas,” “seal eater” and “squaw,” and another was warned by a friend who previously worked at the Keeyask Generating Site that the experience was “a total gong show.”
(pullQuote)But Hydro says the working environment has improved drastically at their construction site near Gillam, about 1,100 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg, since those allegations were levelled almost two years ago.
After hearing about problems at Keeyask, the parties involved in the megaproject — including Hydro, Tataskweyak Cree Nation, War Lake First Nation, York Factory First Nation and Fox Lake Cree Nation — asked an independent third party to investigate.
08/28/2018 7:00 PM
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