Hope Bay Information Page
Updated as of July 20, 2018
Hope Bay Land Restoration
Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation Chief and Council have recently accepted a recommendation on from the restoration project consultants (Neegan Burnside Ltd.) to move forward to the next phase of the remediation on of the Hope Bay lands. The intention on is to return the lands to a condition on that removes all building materials and environmental risks that have been identified from the lands, allowing for consideration on of future options for the land.
The current projected schedule for the demolition, removal, and restoration of the lands is earmarked from August 20th to November 2nd of 2018. The work will include removal of all structures from the land, including concrete and masonry foundations; removal of non-native material land improvements (for example, fencing will be removed, but a walkway built from the stone at the site will not); removal of all contents and loose material on the sites; removal of all sep c and water system items; and restoration on of the sites, including grading, topsoil and seeding.
To do the work, preselected contractors will be invited to bid (price) the project. The invited companies have demonstrated experience in the demolition, restoration and environmental remediation on of sites, as well as necessary qualifications to identify and remove designated substances such as asbestos and lead in a manner consistent with Provincial regulations. These companies also have agreements in place to safely dispose of all material in the Provincial solid waste stream. By disposing of the material in accredited off reserve landfills, there will be no potential future risks to community lands from the waste, and the lifespan of the current landfill will not be affected.
As part of the contractor selection process, community members are invited to attend a Contractors Open House on July 26 from 1 pm to 3 pm at the Maadookii Seniors Center. The invited contractors will be at the Open House, and community members with work skills and equipment that may be useful to the project are encouraged to come and meet the contractors. If you are an individual, please bring a resume and contact number, and if you have equipment that may be of interest to the project, please bring an equipment and hourly pricing list. Resource opportunities that may be available include:
- Chainsaw Operators/ Small engine
- General Labour
- Heavy Equipment Operators
Security and Flagging Staff
Small Excavator / Large Excavator
Materials that may be needed:
Clean Fill, Pit Run Type Gravel, Granular “A” and “B”, Top Soil
The bidding contractors will be encouraged to maximize community involvement while balancing project cost. The use of community resources will form part of the final evaluation of their proposals.
To ensure the safety of people not involved in the project, the Hope Bay lands should be considered a demolition site, and Chief and Council would ask that people refrain from accessing the general area and road during the work period. A temporary fence will be erected at the community entrance side to the area during the work as a caution to show where the active work site begins.
Further updates will be provided as the project progresses.
(Open house and Job Fair information on Employment Page)
Hope Bay Information Packages And Off Reserve Meeting
Band members, for which we have updated mailing addresses, have already received or will be receiving Information or Information/Ballot Packages. Only off-reserve members receive ballots.
If band members have not received an information package or information/ballot package, we ask them to call 519-534-1689 to update their address.