Background: B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MOTI) is working to upgrade the Rosedale Bridge overpass located on the Cheam First Nation Reserve, to improve safety and improve the condition of the infrastructure. To do so requires engagement with, and approval from, the Cheam First Nation, to secure access to the overpass, and ensure positive collaboration with the Nation.
Our Method:Cornerstone is assisting the MOTI Project Manager and operational team to engage with the Cheam First Nation staff and Council, to negotiate funding and access agreements, and develop innovative and collaborative ways of promoting employment, training and contracting opportunities for the Cheam First Nation community members and businesses.
We meet regularly with the project team, including the representatives of the Cheam First Nation, to help confirm expectations and desired outcomes, and build a greater understanding of the needs and desires of the Nation. At the same time, we support MOTI to ensure its contracting requirements and obligations are adhered to, help to develop an access agreement, and design appropriate incentives for potential bidders to encourage employment, training and collaboration with Cheam members and businesses.
The Results: In this ongoing project, we are helping to complete access and engagement agreements between MOTI and Cheam First Nation, which will help to see the completion of the overpass upgrade on time, while creating greater opportunities for Cheam businesses and members to participate in this important project.