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Allegations of racism, sexual harassment at Manitoba Hydro site: report

Based on the experiences of 180 working at the utility's Keeyask Generation Project.

August 29, 2018   by CP STAFF

WINNIPEG — A report into working conditions at a Manitoba Hydro site is detailing allegations of racism, sexual harassment and prison-like living conditions.

About 180 workers at the Crown utility shared their experiences working at the Keeyask Generation Project near Gillam in 2016 for the report by an independent firm.

The report says all the Indigenous workers would often be told to get off the bus heading to the site because there was no work, but all the non-Indigenous employees would stay on.

One employee said they were being sexually harassed but were too afraid to do anything because of retaliation.

The allegations mirror many of the complaints contained in a recent Clean Environment Commission report which held hearings on the environmental and social effects of energy development in Manitoba’s north from the 1950s to the 1980s.

The commission heard some construction workers abused some Indigenous women, and that in some cases, the RCMP did nothing to stop it or did not take complaints seriously.


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