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Our people want to work:’ Cowichan Tribes Chief slams exclusive BC policies – CHEK News

Feb. 10, 2023

For the past four months, an Indigenous contractor says his company has been kicked off the job of building a new hospital within his territory.

“It’s an insult,” said Jon Coleman, who owns Jon-co Contracting and is a member of the Khowutzun Development Corporation which is owned by Cowichan Tribes.

Coleman says his contracting company had been clearing 22 acres for the new hospital. In November, Coleman says his company was banned from the job because his company is not unionized.

“I’m a little upset,” said Coleman.

BC Greens leader Sonia Furstenau brought the issue front and centre to the legislature during question period on Wednesday.

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