As group tries to stop condos, developer offers First Nations jobs to build it

APTN National News
On the same day a group of people, led by acclaimed Indigenous architect Douglas Cardinal, began a municipal hearing to stop a condo development in Ottawa the developers were holding an event of their own Monday.

The developers teamed up with a local First Nation construction company to offer First Nations jobs to help build the proposed development on a historic First Nation gathering site on the Ottawa River.

APTN’s Annette Francis has the story.

 

Investigative Reporter

Kenneth Jackson is an investigative reporter in Ottawa, Ont. with more than two decades in the business. He got his start in community newspapers before joining the Ottawa Sun in 2007 where he worked the police beat. In 2011, Jackson joined APTN to break the Bruce Carson scandal. The former senior aide to Prime Minister Stephen Harper tried using his contacts in the federal government to sign water deals with First Nations. The RCMP would charge Carson with influence peddling based on APTN’s reporting. The case would make it all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada, which upheld his conviction in 2018. In recent years, Jackson has focused, almost exclusively, on the child welfare system in Ontario. The work has earned multiple awards, including the 2020 Michener Award.