Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

March 30, 2009 14:00 ET

Canada Supports Skills Training in the Northwest Territories

YELLOWKNIFE, NORTHWEST TERRITORIES--(Marketwire - March 30, 2009) - The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Metis and Non-Status Indians, today announced over $1 million in funding to support skills training in the Northwest Territories.

"In order for northern development to be sustainable, it is vital that it benefits Northerners first and foremost," said Minister Strahl. "Our Government recognizes this, and Canada's support for northern skills training has never been greater."

The funding will support the Heavy Equipment Operator Program delivered through Aurora College, allowing the college to purchase equipment for training in smaller communities in the Dehcho and South Slave regions of the NWT. Graduates of the program will be able to work for a wide range of employers and gain transferable skills that remain in the community.

"Aurora College is always seeking ways to expand programming opportunities to smaller northern communities," said Maurice Evans, President of Aurora College. "This much-needed equipment will greatly increase our capacity for heavy equipment operator training."

The Northwest Territories' economy has grown at an accelerated rate over the past ten years, leading to significant new employment and business opportunities. This program will allow Northerners to contribute to that growth.

Funding for this project comes from the Strategic Investments in Northern Economic Development (SINED) initiative. SINED is a set of programs offered by Indian and Northern Affairs Canada in the Northwest Territories, Yukon and Nunavut. Its goal is to promote economic development in the North - strengthening territorial economies and generating important opportunities for Northerners. Budget 2009: Canada's Economic Action Plan committed $90 million over five years to renew SINED.

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Strategic Investments in Northern Economic Development (SINED) is a suite of initiatives designed to promote economic development in Nunavut, the Northwest Territories and Yukon. The goal is to strengthen the territorial economies and increase economic participation by Northerners. Originally launched in 2004 as a five-year program, SINED funding was renewed at $90 million over five years in the Government of Canada's Budget 2009: Canada's Economic Action Plan.

Programming for the funding under renewed SINED continues to focus on the following objectives:

- Strengthening the driver sectors of the territorial economies

- Broadening the economic base of each territory

- Strengthening Northerners' abilities to take advantage of economic opportunities

- Increasing co-ordination among partners and programs

Visit the INAC website for more information on Strategic Investments in Northern Economic Development (SINED) (

Contact Information

  • Indian and Northern Affairs Canada
    Office of the Honourable Chuck Strahl
    Nina Chiarelli
    Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, NWT Region
    Zen Nilakantha
    Communications Officer
    Aurora College
    Tim Gauthier
    Manager, Public and Corporate Affairs