Indigenous Skills and Employment Training Program – Shoal Lake

Indigenous Skills and Employment Training Program – Shoal Lake

We won’t have to worry about
crossing the ice anymore. Just having that gap
in between the lake is hard. Right from this section all the way down
is the actual start of freedom road. It’s taken a number of years
to get to this point and we’re happy that we’re here. We did about 7 kilometres on the First Nation. Everything to deal with
a road project we trained ourselves in. And, these young guys enjoyed it. It’s amazing to actually see them
use those skills on a job site. Yeah,
they provided training at the beginning. Just for safety.
To operate machines safely. We got some good skills out of it. A chance to work with big machinery. I was the oldest.
[Laughs] And I had two more sons in there. And we were all like,
wondering what we’re getting ourselves into. I said, are you guys looking for a driver? And he said,
do you know how to drive a rock truck? I says, no, but I can. All the young guys said no,
I’m too scared and whatever. I said no, I’m not scared. I’ll do it.
[Laughs] But the thing
that kept me motivated is thinking, hey, I’m part of this.
I’m going to build this! You know,
the road that we always talked about. And you know,
there’s no more talking about it. We’re going to do it.
It’s going to get done. We get a road put in place which will
allow for other projects to follow after that such as the water treatment plant. For years, twenty years
we’ve been under a boiled water advisory. Now we have a treatment plant coming
which means we can drink clean water.

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