Upcoming Shipbuilding Community Dialogue Sessions

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JEDI is currently hosting 6 shipbuilding community dialogue sessions to help map out a blueprint for how Aboriginal people in New Brunswick can receive maximum benefit from the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS) which will see the Government of Canada expend approximately $25 Billion over the next 30 years in Eastern Canada.

The purpose of these sessions is to get each communities feedback and opinion on how to best approach the shipbuilding opportunity. Everyone’s input is important and will help to form the strategy that will be released later this year.

The New Brunswick Aboriginal Shipbuilding Engagement Strategy is a crucial step towards creating a framework for the successful pursuit of Aboriginal economic opportunities in employment and contracting. 

Each Community Dialogue session will be held from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. The first session has already taken place in Tobique, NB, please note the following dates and locations for upcoming sessions:

  • May 5th - Saint John at the Saint John Trade and Convention Kennebecasis Room for NBAPC members
  • May 6th - Fredericton at Crowne Plaza Fredericton for St. Mary's, Kingsclear, Woodstock, Oromocto and NBAPC members
  • May 7th - Elsipogtog at the Elsipogtog Training Centre at 33 Big Cove Road for Elsipogtog and for NBAPC members 
  • May 12th - Miramichi at the Riverside Entertaintment Centre for Eel Ground, Metepenagiag, Esgenoopetitj, Indian Island, Buctouche, Ft. Folly and NBAPC members
  • May 13th - Bathurst at Lakeview Inns and Suites for Eel River Bar, Pabineau and NBAPC members

The shipbuilding project is a 20-30 year project. The New Brunswick Aboriginal Shipbuilding Engagement Strategy will help us to plan ahead for Aboriginal resources needed now and in the future.

Construction of ships is to begin in 2015 and the project is projected to create 11,500 direct, in-direct and spin-off jobs in Atlantic Canada. There is potential employment in many different trades and also opportunities for software developers and engineers.

Your input is important. Please participate in the consultation process.

To register for a community dialogue session, please contact Mark Taylor at 506-455-4591 or email mark.taylor@jedinb.ca for more information.