Human Resources and Social Development Canada

Human Resources and Social Development Canada

December 20, 2007 16:00 ET

Government of Canada Funds Essential Skills Project to Help Aboriginal Canadians Participate More Fully in the Work Force

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Dec. 20, 2007) - Mr. James Moore, Member of Parliament for Port Moody-Westport-Port Coquitlam, on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, today announced funding for the Aboriginal Community Career Employment Services Society to help Aboriginal people obtain the skills that they need to find and keep good jobs.

"The Government of Canada is taking action to create the best-educated, most skilled and most flexible work force in the world," said MP Moore. "This project will help us make sure that Aboriginal Canadians have the literacy and essential skills that they need to participate fully in the work force."

Through this project, entitled Essential Skills for Aboriginal Futures, the Aboriginal Community Career Employment Services Society will work with the Metis Nation British Columbia as well as with employers to give 105 Aboriginal people the opportunity to learn the essential skills needed for specific jobs. The ultimate goal of the project is to help the participants enter into the work force, to give them job security and to help them build better lives. The project will also increase awareness, understanding and uptake of the program with employers. Encouraging more businesses to use essential skills tools and material in their workplace will help workers upgrade their skills and increase productivity.

Higher literacy and essential skills levels have a positive impact on self-esteem, health and safety. They are important factors in helping Canadians find and keep good jobs. The opportunity to use and upgrade essential skills on the job helps people long after they have completed their formal education.

Literacy and essential skills programs and activities across Canada are supported by the federal, provincial and territorial governments, as well as by a variety of businesses and voluntary organizations. The Government of Canada welcomes the opportunity to work with partner organizations across the country to help Canadians improve their literacy skills and build better lives.

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    Pema Lhalungpa, Press Secretary
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