Indigenous communities occupy a special place in Canadian society. They obtain professional services in a manner that addresses their technical needs within the socio-political context of their unique governance structure. Adapting the delivery of modern technical solutions within that institutional setting differentiates assignments for First Nations communities.
The needs of Indigenous communities are primarily water and wastewater, transportation and building facilities. Recent examples of sub-standard environmental and health conditions indicate a continuing need to focus on these services. As well, recent land claims settlements have placed many communities in a position of greater self-sufficiency, leading to locally designed economic development initiatives.
Dillon has been a major provider of services to indigenous communities with a particular emphasis on expertise with Northern communities, serviced primarily from our office in Yellowknife. Additionally, we provide many technical services to communities in the south and mid-Canada. Recently, these services have increasingly been in cooperation with indigenous consulting and contracting organizations.