Chief Chris Moonias looks into Neskantaga’s water reservoir on Oct. 26, 2020. A week earlier, an oily sheen had been detected on the water forcing the water to be shut off and the entire community evacuated.

Indigenous services minister ‘alarmed’ by allegations about construction practices on First Nations

Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller says he was alarmed by revelations of a December investigation into construction practices in on-reserve water projects and said he would like to start collecting information about the performance of contractors working on First Nations infrastructure. “I’m keen to have as much data as possible. And if it’s helpful…

Neskantaga First Nation residents board a plane to return home from Thunder Bay on Dec. 19, 2020, following a two month evacuation that was triggered by problems at their drinking water treatment plant.

Former Neskantaga contractor accused of cutting corners in other First Nations

They had unqualified workers on site and required constant supervision, according to one engineer’s blunt assessment. “They cut corners every day, every day,” said Justin Gee, vice-president of First Nations Engineering Services Ltd. Gee said he encountered these recurring problems while overseeing the work of a construction firm, Kingdom Construction Limited (KCL), building a water…