We were very pleased with JEN COL’s high level of communication and collaboration throughout the project. They were extremely responsive to our needs and provided information and recommendations to help us make informed decisions for our Health Centre. Beyond this, JEN COL really made it their mission to develop a true relationship with our community. They hired local labour and encouraged their subcontractors to use local labour in every aspect of the project. This gave our members an opportunity to learn new skills.
Sturgeon Lake Reserve #154, Alberta
Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation
The Sturgeon Lake Health Centre was a partnership between the Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation, Health Canada and JEN COL. This multi-purpose health centre—which serves the Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation community—includes a ceremonial healing circle with a 14-foot-long bronze peace pipe statue and a large community health area that can also be used after hours for community functions. In addition, the health centre has a fully functional dental suite and pharmacy, physiotherapy room and several exam/therapy rooms.
JEN COL collaborated with the Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation to ensure opportunities for community members were available and local First Nations labour was utilized wherever possible. In fact, this project was built using 85% local trade and labour First Nations members. JEN COL hired skilled and unskilled local labour for the duration of the project, allowing a real sense of ownership in the community for their new health centre. Many of the community members who were hired continued to work for JEN COL long after completion of the project.
This project emphasizes JEN COL’s commitment to hiring local First Nations trades and skilled and unskilled labour for projects constructed on First Nations land. It highlights how JEN COL builds strong, lasting relationships with our project team partners and provides opportunities to strengthen business relationships and enhance member self-reliance.
A & E Architectural & Engineering Group Inc.