Canada's Economic Action Plan

Canada's Economic Action Plan

November 12, 2010 10:00 ET

Government of Canada Helps Northern Aboriginal People Improve Skills Training and Employment Opportunities in Nunavut Mining Industry

ARVIAT, NUNAVUT--(Marketwire - Nov. 12, 2010) - Aboriginal people will get the skills they need to find and keep jobs as a result of a Government of Canada-funded project. The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, today announced Aboriginal Skills and Employment Partnership program funding to the Kivalliq Mine Training Society.

"Canada's Economic Action Plan is making a difference by ensuring that Aboriginal people have the training and skills development they need to fully share in current and future economic opportunities," said the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, Regional Minister for the North, and Member of Parliament for Nunavut. "This project will help accomplish this by providing training for up to 300 Inuit, leading to hundreds of long-term employment opportunities."

The Kivalliq Mine Training Society will receive support to deliver its project entitled Job Ready Training and Preparatory Training for Kivalliq Residents. Participants will receive the training and workplace experience required to secure long-term sustainable jobs in a wide range of occupations, including heavy equipment operator, trades apprentice, journeyperson, mill worker, general labourer, and administrative/technical support and professional staff.

"The Kivalliq Mine Training Society believes in strong partnerships to improve Inuit employment in the North. Since beginning operations this year, the Society has assessed over 200 land claim beneficiaries from the Kivalliq region and placed almost 40 residents into full-time employment in the mining industry," said Mr. Kevin Bussey, Executive Director, Kivalliq Mine Training Society. "Our partnerships with the federal government, Agnico-Eagle Mines Limited, the Kivalliq Inuit Association, Kivalliq Partners in Development, the Government of Nunavut and Nunavut Arctic College are a win-win opportunity for all as we learn from each other."

The Government of Canada is providing over $2 million for this project through its Aboriginal Skills and Employment Partnership program. The program is part of a government-wide approach to help First Nations, Métis and Inuit secure sustainable and meaningful employment.

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The Aboriginal Skills and Employment Partnership (ASEP) program focuses on sustainable employment for Aboriginal people in major economic industries, leading to lasting benefits for Aboriginal communities, families and individuals. ASEP aims to provide Aboriginal people with the skills they need to participate in economic opportunities such as mining, hydro development, fisheries, tourism, and major construction and infrastructure projects across Canada.

ASEP is a nationally managed, opportunity-driven, project-based program that promotes increased participation of Aboriginal people in major economic developments through formalized partnerships between Aboriginal organizations and the private sector. The provinces and territories also contribute to the projects, and all partners must contribute at least 50 percent of the total cost of the project.

ASEP was initially launched in 2003 as an $85-million, five-year program supporting nine projects that resulted in over 8 700 Aboriginal people being trained and more than 3 000 Aboriginal people finding long-term sustainable jobs. In 2007, the ASEP program was extended until 2012, with an additional $105 million supporting 16 more projects. Through Canada's Economic Action Plan, the Government is investing an additional $100 million over three years in ASEP to help Aboriginal people participate in the workforce and get the training they need to make the most of employment opportunities.

Contact Information

  • Office of Minister Finley
    Michelle Bakos
    Press Secretary
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    Media Relations Office