In 2001, Tataskweyak Cree Nation (TCN) and War Lake First Nation (WLFN) formed a partnership, the Cree Nation Partners, because of their shared interest in the future hydroelectric development that would impact traditional lands. The Cree Nation Partners, in conjunction with Fox Lake Cree Nation and York Factory First Nation, have worked with Manitoba Hydro to create a business partnership that will jointly co-own the Keeyask Generating Station.
The primary focus of the Keeyask Maintenance Services Joint Venture (KMSJV) is to increase the capacity of the CNP communities in the areas of contract administration, construction management skills, apprenticeship and qualification in skilled trades, and increased overall employment opportunities. Our intention is to train and work with the communities for a long-term structured partnership. Through this business venture, the opportunities through the provisions of training will increase the skills of the local members and provide knowledge in several different fields / aspects of construction. The results will be a source, within the communities to have more skilled and experienced members to maintain and strengthen local infrastructure.
• Develop training and employment programs for the local members to service / maintain their own local communities.
• Enhance and strengthen the capacity of the CNP institutions. Strengthen the infrastructure of the community.
• Provide training to local members as qualified tradesman so they can excel to new limits gaining employment anywhere in the world.
• Develop procedures together for planning / maintaining the local community’s infrastructure.
• Develop a preventative maintenance program for the local communities.
• Develop a training program to enhance the skills of the CNP members.