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January 10, 2007 14:35 ET

Canada's New Government and Gabriel Dumont Institute Sign $22.1 Million Aboriginal Human Resources Development Agreement

SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 10, 2007) - The Honourable Carol Skelton, Minister of National Revenue, on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development Canada today signed a $22.1 million Aboriginal Human Resources Development Agreement (AHRDA) with the Gabriel Dumont Institute (GDI).

Under today's agreement, GDI will establish a new training and employment arm that will offer a broad range of human resources development programs in rural, Northern and urban Metis communities through 10 new regional delivery offices.

"Canada's New Government is committed to ensuring that Metis people in Saskatchewan can access the services they need to find long-term employment, build stronger communities and increase self-sufficiency," said Minister Skelton. "Our mission is to build a stronger Canada, and a strong country begins with a strong labour force."

GDI was incorporated in 1980 to serve the educational and cultural needs of Saskatchewan's Metis community. GDI offers university accredited programming, including the Saskatchewan Urban Native Teacher Education Program (SUNTEP), in cooperation with Saskatchewan Advanced Education and Employment, the University of Saskatchewan, and the University of Regina. Adult basic education and skills training is offered in communities across the province through GDI's adult upgrading and technical training arm, the Dumont Technical Institute, which is federated with the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology.

"Metis control and responsibility for Metis human resources development are at the heart of this agreement," said GDI's Vice Chair, Doyle Vermette. "This agreement is a necessary measure for Metis people to address the economic and social disparities between ourselves and the mainstream population. Not only Metis people will benefit from a highly trained and skilled Metis labour force; so will all residents of Saskatchewan and the people of Canada."

Funding for this agreement is provided through the Aboriginal Human Resources Development Strategy (AHRDS), which is designed to expand employment opportunities for Aboriginal people across Canada. Under the AHRDS, Aboriginal organizations design and deliver employment programs and services best suited to meeting the unique needs of their communities.

There are currently 80 AHRDA holders delivering labour market programs and services in over 400 locations across Canada. With today's announcement, there are now two AHRDAs in Saskatchewan: one with GDI to address the employment and training needs of Metis people, and one with the Saskatchewan Indian Training Assessment Group to meet the employment and training needs of First Nations people.

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BACKGROUNDER

GABRIEL DUMONT INSTITUTE

ABORIGINAL HUMAN RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT


Gabriel Dumont Institute (GDI) was incorporated in 1980 to serve the educational and cultural needs of Saskatchewan's Metis community. GDI offers community-based accredited programming via agreements with Saskatchewan Advanced Education and Employment, the University of Saskatchewan, the University of Regina, Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology (SIAST), and the province's Regional Colleges. GDI offers a wide range of programs and services, including:

- A publishing department, which creates Metis-specific historical and learning materials;

- Dumont Technical Institute, which provides Adult Basic Education and Skills Training to over 700 students each year in communities across the province;

- Saskatchewan Urban Native Teacher Education Program (SUNTEP), a four-year Bachelor of Education degree program in cooperation with the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Regina;

- Gabriel Dumont College, which offers Arts and Sciences programming to Metis students in affiliation with the University of Saskatchewan and a Graduate Studies program for Metis graduate students; and

- Gabriel Dumont Scholarship Foundation which administers GDI's scholarships.

Under the new Aboriginal Human Resources Development Agreement (AHRDA), GDI will establish a new training and employment arm that will offer a broad range of human resources development programs in rural, Northern and urban Metis communities through 10 new regional delivery offices. These offices will be located in Ile a la Crosse, La Loche, La Ronge, Meadow Lake, Nipawin, North Battleford, Prince Albert, Regina, Saskatoon and Yorkton.

These offices will work with a number of partners to best meet the employment and training needs of Metis people and to address the unique labour market needs of Saskatchewan communities. Among these partnerships, Saskatchewan's Regional Colleges will share resources and information with GDI for joint planning and programming; Saskatchewan Advanced Education and Employment will share expertise and information on best practices in the delivery of human resources development services and programs; and Keewatin Career Development Corporation will share expertise in planning and information technology for the creation of the 10 new regional delivery offices.

Aboriginal Human Resources Development Strategy funding:

Gabriel Dumont Institute will receive $22,100,946 in funding over three years under this agreement.



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Fiscal year Consolidated Revenue Employment Total funding
Fund Insurance
Part II
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2006 - 2007 $583,112.00 $520,170.00 $1,103,282.00
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2007 - 2008 $7,158,980.00 $3,339,852.00 $10,498,832.00
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2008 - 2009 $7,158,980.00 $3,339,852.00 $10,498,832.00
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2006 - 2009 $14,901,072.00 $7,199,874.00 $22,100,946.00
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