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Kashechewan First Nation: Road to Site Five

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Faced with multiple flooding events since 1976, the existing location of the Kashechewan First Nation (KFN) community has been declared unsafe. The KFN is in the process of relocating and building a safe pathway to “Site Five”, an elevated area the community can rebuild on as their community grows.

Located approximately 150 kilometres northwest of Moosonee, Ontario, the Kashechewan First Nation (KFN) community is accessible year round by air, by barge from July to October, and by winter road from February to April. KFN has faced multiple flooding events and evacuations since the first recorded flood in 1976. In 2016, a study deemed the community unsafe during the flooding season.

Site Five is located along the north shore of the Albany River, 34 kilometres upstream. KFN elders identified the site as a possible new location for the community, which was further approved by the General Membership of Kashechewan. Following a series of investigations for suitability, Site Five was deemed able to permanently accommodate the community with a 50-year projected population.

KFN signed the Together We Work for Hope Agreement on May 9, 2019. The agreement identified the relocation as a priority project within the community, and to the Federal and Provincial governments.

Colliers Project Leaders is providing project management services for the project’s planning, design, construction and commissioning phases. The all-weather gravel road will connect the existing KFN community to its new Site Five location. Until the permanent road is completed, the community will construct a winter road to ensure reliable access between the two sites.

Currently in the conceptual design phase, our team is working with KFN to establish an agreement on the winter road construction. Originally set to follow a Design-Bid-Build approach, the project is moving to a Construction Management delivery model to ensure that contractors can be sourced locally. This change will provide employment in the community and also support COVID-19 visitor restrictions. To assist with the new delivery approach, our team is managing coordination with the design consultants, assisting with Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) funding applications, overseeing environmental testing procedures, and communicating regularly with KFN to ensure that the Chief and Council are updated.

Colliers Project Leaders first partnered with KFN in May 2014 to provide project management services for its Repatriation Investment Initiative, which created 102 new modular homes for returning flood evacuees.  We also worked with KFN on the Phase II/III Environmental Site Assessment project to determine the degree and extent of contamination present in the community and evaluate options for remediation and risk management.

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Franklin Holtforster

President | Colliers Project Leaders

Ottawa - Project Leaders

Entrepreneur and business leader Franklin Holtforster founded Colliers Project Leaders in 1989. As President he has grown the company into a leading real-property and infrastructure project management firm with offices across Canada and the Middle East. An engineer and Project Management Professional, Franklin has directed major capital projects for private- and public-sector clients, nationally and internationally.  

Franklin serves on the Board of the Real Property Institute of Canada, is a recipient of the Order of Honour of Professional Engineers Ontario and the Province of Ontario Volunteer Award, a Warden of the Iron Ring, and a Canada’s Clean50 honouree. 

An in-demand speaker on the topics of business, leadership and sustainability, Franklin has delivered variations of his Intentional Leadership workshop to a wide range of audiences.

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