Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

May 23, 2009 13:00 ET

The Government of Canada Supports Employment Programs for Aboriginal People in Alberta

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - May 23, 2009) - Two Edmonton-based organizations will develop programs to help Aboriginal people prepare for employment, thanks to support from the Government of Canada.

The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Labour, made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

"The Government of Canada is proud to work with our partners to create more and better opportunities for Aboriginal Canadians," said Minister Ambrose. "This investment of $4 million is an example of our government's commitment to providing training and skills development opportunities for Aboriginal people in the Edmonton area."

"It is with our sincerest gratitude that Human Resources and Skills Development Canada has partnered with the Metis Settlements General Council to administer its own funding to Metis Settlements for labour market programs through the Aboriginal Human Resources Development Strategy. This partnership allows an equitable and comprehensive agreement to be delivered by our people to our people," said Mr. Gerald Cunningham, President of the Metis Settlements General Council.

The Government of Canada is supporting the Yellowhead Tribal Development Foundation and the Metis Settlements General Council through the Aboriginal Human Resources Development Strategy, which is designed to help Aboriginal people prepare for, obtain and maintain employment.

Through this strategy, Aboriginal organizations design and deliver employment programs and services that meet the needs of their communities. Services include employment counselling, training and skills upgrading and other labour market supports such as child care.

Since 1999, the Government of Canada has provided $344 million annually to 80 Aboriginal organizations across Canada.

"On behalf of the Yellowhead Tribal Development Foundation, we are very pleased to hear that Human Resources and Skills Development Canada has a vested interest in contributing to develop our five First Nation communities, Alexis, Alexander, O'Chiese, Sunchild and Enoch, along with our two small urban centres, Rocky Mountain House and Whitecourt," said Chief Cameron Alexis, Yellowhead Tribal Development Foundation. "In order to strengthen and build a healthy and viable First Nation economy while contributing to Canada's mainstream society, we must develop the tools needed to educate, prepare and guide our members to compete and become job marketable."

The Government of Canada is investing in Aboriginal skills and training. Through Canada's Economic Action Plan, the federal government is investing an additional $75 million over two years to establish the Aboriginal Skills and Training Strategic Investment Fund. This fund will lay the groundwork for a successor strategy to the Aboriginal Human Resources Development Strategy, and will support short-term, focused initiatives designed to help Aboriginal people get the skills required to find jobs.

Canada's Economic Action Plan is also providing an additional $100 million for the Aboriginal Skills and Employment Partnership program, which is expected to support the creation of up to 6,000 jobs for Aboriginal Canadians.

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BACKGROUNDER

Aboriginal Human Resources Development Strategy

Created in 1999, the Aboriginal Human Resources Development Strategy is a community-based strategy designed to help Aboriginal people prepare for, obtain and maintain employment. In Canada, 80 Aboriginal Human Resources Development Agreement holders deliver employment training and skills upgrading programs in over 400 locations. The Strategy provides $344 million per year to agreement holders.

Yellowhead Tribal Development Foundation

Since 2005, the Yellowhead Tribal Development Foundation has been responsible for delivering programs that meet the employment needs of the Alexander, Alexis, O'Chiese, Enoch and Sunchild First Nation communities. It also supports the provision of quality child care services in these areas. The Foundation's mission is to provide employment training programs and services to residents in its communities that will help them get jobs to participate in today's economy.

Metis Settlements General Council

Strategic Training Initiatives was formed as an arm of the Metis Settlements General Council in 1999 to deliver programs that assist Metis Settlements residents prepare for, obtain and maintain employment.

Other Human Resources and Skills Development Canada Aboriginal Labour Market Programs

Aboriginal Skills and Employment Partnership Program

The Aboriginal Skills and Employment Partnership program provides Aboriginal people with the skills they need to participate in economic opportunities, such as mining, construction, fisheries, tourism, hydro development, and public infrastructure projects across Canada. It achieves this through partnerships with Aboriginal organizations, the private sector, and the provinces and territories.

The program supports multi-year training strategies developed by Aboriginal organizations and industry employers, leading to long-term skilled jobs for Aboriginal people in existing and emerging economic opportunities. Since the program's inception in 2003, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada has successfully delivered programming with over 90 partners.

Budget 2009 committed to enhance the availability of training by investing an additional $100 million over three years in the Aboriginal Skills and Employment Partnership program. This investment will support up to 25 new Aboriginal Skills and Employment Partnership projects, which will result in up to 6,000 jobs for Aboriginal people.

Aboriginal Skills and Training Strategic Investment Fund

Through Canada's Economic Action Plan, the federal government is investing $75 million over two years to establish the Aboriginal Skills and Training Strategic Investment Fund.

The Fund is designed to strengthen partnerships between Aboriginal organizations and employers that will help Aboriginal people gain the skills they need to participate in the labour market today and over the long term. It will also support investments to help individuals overcome barriers to employment, such as low literacy and low employment skills.

Contact Information

  • Office of Minister Finley
    Michelle Bakos
    Press Secretary
    819-994-2482
    or
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    Media Relations Office
    819-994-5559
    or
    Service Canada Communications
    604-666-2337