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Union-favouring community agreement seemingly at odds with Indigenous rights in Duncan, B.C. – Global News

February 5, 2023

The construction of a new hospital in Duncan, B.C., on Vancouver Island, appears to be putting the province’s union-favouring “Community Benefits Agreement” at odds with its commitment to Indigenous rights.

A Cowichan Tribes member and owner of a local contracting firm has spoken out.

Jon Coleman said his and other Indigenous-owned companies are being sidelined on their own traditional territory.

“I thought it was an all-inclusive thing here,” said Coleman, owner of Jon-co Contracting.

“Basically, I’ve gone backward. You know how much money is being torn back with these unions and this CBA? … They’re stealing out of our community.”

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