Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency

Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency

February 20, 2013 12:00 ET

CanNor Invests in Training in Yukon: Skilled Trades Program Equips Citizens for Jobs in the Community

HAINES JUNCTION, YUKON--(Marketwire - Feb. 20, 2013) - Yukon Member of Parliament Ryan Leef, on behalf of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor), and Minister for the Arctic Council today announced an investment that will build local capacity in the skilled trades.

"CanNor is committed to providing Northerners with the tools and the skills they need to obtain jobs here in the North in growing economic sectors," said Minister Aglukkaq. "By building local capacity in the trades, communities are developing a strong, diversified local workforce able to take advantage of jobs and economic opportunities."

"Projects such as the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations trades training program that offer skilled trades training in Yukon communities ensure that Yukoners have the expertise necessary to take on jobs close to home and communities have the capacity to support long-term economic growth," said Mr. Leef.

"We want to build our in-house capacity in skilled trades so we no longer have to look outside the community. This coincides with our Council's priorities for economic development, education and training, and enhances progress toward our First Nation's vision for self-reliance," said Chief James Allen. "Champagne and Aishihik First Nations thanks CanNor for this investment in our community."

CanNor's investment of $84,457 will support Champagne and Aishihik First Nations (CAFN) to deliver two trades training courses in Haines Junction and Takhini River, Yukon. The program is being developed in conjunction with Yukon College, contracted instructors, as well as the housing, education and economic development departments of the CAFN. The work site based training is intended to deliver hands-on trades training courses with the aim of enabling students to obtain recognized trades certification in areas such as Carpentry and Electrical Red Seal.

Investment in this project is made possible through CanNor's Community Economic Opportunities Program (CEOP), part of the Aboriginal Economic Development (AED) suite of programs. The CEOP provides project-based support to First Nation and Inuit communities for community economic development.

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Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq
    Cailin Rodgers

    Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency
    Erin Macpherson
    Communications Advisor

    Champagne Aishihik First Nations
    Amy McKinnon
    Communications Manager
    867-634-5136 (cell.)