The largest union representing workers building the Site C dam launched a new campaign Monday to highlight stories from those taking part in its construction.
The Christian Labour Association of Canada (CLAC) launched peopleofsitec.ca, featuring eight personal short stories of workers.
“People of Site C connects British Columbians to the project through photos and stories of Site C workers,” said CLAC spokesman Ryan Bruce in a statement.
“It’s important to tell the stories of the workers building this project as they often get overlooked in the midst of the political debate.”
The BC Utilities Commission is currently studying the cost of continuing, suspending, or terminating the $8.9-billion project, now two years under construction on the Peace River outside Fort St. John.
The stories highlight six men and two women—from Ben, who talks about fossil hunting with his sons, to Jess, who talks about the anxiety and depression she faced working long hours at an office job in Toronto.
"When I made the decision to move back (to the farm), and then started working at the site, it was so good for me and I felt so much better," says Jess, no last name provided.
"If my mind started racing, I’d just get out there and get working and I instantly felt better. Just doing something with your hands is so good for the mind."
There were 2,549 workers employed on Site C in July. Labour statistics for August are expected to be released in early November.
CLAC, which represents roughly 750 workers on Site C, has made presentations at several commission hearings. The commission's review puts workers and local communities in a period of uncertainty, Bruce reiterated.
“Many people have already built their lives around the project, injecting new energy into the Peace River economy," he said.
"People of Site C is the next step in our continued efforts to advocate for over 2,000 workers on the project.”
The commission will deliver its final report on Site C to the NDP government Nov. 1. A cabinet decision is expected before the end of the fall legislative session on Nov. 30.