Enbridge Pipelines is aiming to bring together general contractors with Aboriginal businesses through a trade show at Whitecap Dakota First Nation.
Today, businesses and contractors gathered for the last of Enbridge's Aboriginal Business Reverse Trade Show.
Jordan Duguay, Lead of Aboriginal Business for Enbridge, says they are looking to understand a little better what Aboriginal businesses are operating in Saskatchewan.
"We are looking for to facilitate an opportunity for those businesses to get together and discuss their needs and if there is other connections that are made beyond an Enbridge project that is great as well," says Duguay. "We are also looking to engage as much participation in this project as we go forward."
Duguay is referring to Enbridge’s Line 3 Replacement Program.
The Line 3 construction is expected to begin in mid-2016, subject to regulatory approval. Enbridge says the line will see $4.9-billion spent in Canada with a significant portion of that in Saskatchewan.
One stakeholder from northern Saskatchewan was able to take in today's trade show, as well.
Wendel Desjarlais CEO of the Sakitawak Development Corporation from Ile a la Crosse says they came to search for business opportunities for their community.
"I met a few people and it is only discussion at this point, but hopefully there is a few prospects out there to bring business and employment prospects to our people," says Desjarlais.
While this is the last in this series of trade shows, Enbridge says they are planning on hosting more of these kinds of events in the future.