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National construction company partners with area First Nations

By Calvi Leon, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter A new partnership between a national construction company and two area First Nations will bring more jobs and improved infrastructure to both communities. Deshkan Ziibiing, also known as Chippewas of the Thames First Nation, and Aamjiwnaang First Nation have teamed up with Aecon Group Inc. to launch a joint venture to pursue utility construction projects, such as gas and water pipelines and water distribution systems, across Southwestern Ontario. “We’re looking quite forward to the opportunities that are going to come up, in terms of the ability to participate in utility projects from an employment status standpoint, as well as generating some revenues for our community,’’ said Chris Plain, chief of Aamjiwnaang First Nation near Sarnia. The two First Nations will hold most of

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