Human Resources and Social Development Canada

Human Resources and Social Development Canada

November 26, 2007 11:00 ET

Minister Solberg Signs Inuit Accord

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 26, 2007) - The Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, and Ms. Mary Simon, President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK), today signed an Inuit Accord on human resources development. The Accord will remain in effect until March 31, 2009.

"Canada's current labour shortage requires a renewed effort to ensure that all Canadians are engaged in the work force," said Minister Solberg. "The Government is committed to ensuring that Aboriginal people have access to the skills and tools they need to find and keep good quality jobs."

"I am pleased to sign this Accord for the 2007-2009 period," stated Ms. Simon, ITK President. "The Accord demonstrates mutual understanding between ITK and Human Resources and Social Development Canada, and a clear commitment to work together for the common goal of achieving positive results in the field of Inuit human resource development."

Today's signing reaffirms the commitment made by the Government of Canada in this year's Speech from the Throne to improve the lives of Canada's Aboriginal people, and to foster partnerships that help Aboriginal people in the North get the skills and training they need to find and keep good quality jobs.

The Inuit Accord is part of the Aboriginal Human Resources Development Strategy, which is designed to increase access to skills training and jobs for Aboriginal communities. To date, more than 130,000 Aboriginal people have found jobs as a result of the Aboriginal Human Resources Development Strategy. To further reinforce that momentum, the Government of Canada doubled the size of the Aboriginal Skills and Employment Partnership in Budget 2007.


BACKGROUNDER

Aboriginal Human Resources Development Strategy

Since its inception in 1999, the Aboriginal Human Resources Development Strategy (AHRDS) has helped Aboriginal people to prepare for, find and keep jobs. Within the Strategy, Aboriginal organizations deliver skills development and employment programs and services to Aboriginal people. To date, more than 130,000 Aboriginal people have found jobs as a result of the Strategy.

The AHRDS is designed to assist Aboriginal people to prepare for, find, and keep jobs. All Aboriginal people, regardless of status or location, may access its programs and services.

There are a number of components to the AHRDS: employment benefits and support measures and other labour market interventions; skills and employment programs for youth and Aboriginal persons with disabilities; the creation and maintenance of child care spaces under the First Nations and Inuit Child Care component; and investments in the capacity of Agreement holders.

Currently, there are 79 Aboriginal Human Resources Development Agreements in place across Canada. Service Canada's regional offices work closely with the Agreement holders to implement the AHRDS and its programs and services.

These agreements flow funds to Aboriginal organizations to deliver skills development and employment programs and services. Each organization must meet accountability requirements and demonstrate performance results.

Launched in 1999 as a five-year, $1.6-billion initiative, the AHRDS was renewed for another five years to March 2009. Discussions with Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) on the issue of Accord renewal were put on hold in late 2005 and resumed in January 2007. ITK will sign a new national accord on November 26, 2007.

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Contact Information

  • Office of Monte Solberg
    Pema Lhalungpa
    Press Secretary
    819-994-2482
    or
    Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami
    Stephen Hendrie
    613-277-3178
    hendrie@itk.ca
    or
    Human Resources and Social Development Canada
    Media Relations Office
    819-994-5559