March was a milestone month for hundreds of residents of the remote First Nation community of Kashechewan.
In May 2014, 36 homes were damaged in Kashechewan were damaged due to flooding from the snow melt. It forced the evacuation of 454 residents to temporary accommodations in Kapuskasing.
Over the past few months, as the new homes in the $47-million federal housing program passed inspection and became ready for habitation, residents who were displaced for as long as three years began trickling back into town.
Tundra Construction, a First Nation-owned company headquartered in Moose Factory, served as a subcontractor under the general contractor, Vytis Lands (Kagawong), a subsidiary of Belanger Construction of Sudbury.
“We did all the foundations, all the training, we stitched the units together and the final buttoning up of the units to get them ready for the handover to the clients,” said Terry Sutherland, president of Tundra Construction.
The duplexes were constructed by Maple Leaf Homes in New Brunswick with the first batch of 32 transported up through Quebec last year, across James Bay by tug and barge, and then up the Albany River to the community.
The remaining 20 were trucked to Cochrane, loaded onto rail for the trip to Moosonee before being offloaded onto truck for shipment on the James Bay winter road.
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