Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

September 17, 2010 09:30 ET

Government of Canada Helps Aboriginal People Improve Skills and Find Jobs

ST. JOHN'S, NEWFOUNDLAND and LABRADOR--(Marketwire - Sept. 17, 2010) - The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Regional Minister for Newfoundland and Labrador, today announced federal support for six projects across the province that will help Aboriginal people get the skills they need to find and keep jobs. Minister MacKay made the announcement on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

"Our government is helping Aboriginal people get the skills and training they need across Newfoundland and Labrador," said Minister MacKay. "Investing in training is one of the best measures our government is taking to protect Canada and its workers today, while strengthening the long-term competitiveness of our economy."

The following organizations will receive support for their projects: the Federation of Newfoundland Indians, the Miawpukek First Nation, the Nunatsiavut Government, the NunatuKavut Community Council, the Sheshatshiu Innu Band Council and the Mushuau Innu First Nation. It is expected that through these projects, Aboriginal people will find jobs in industries where there are skills shortages.

The Government of Canada is providing over $30 million for these projects through its Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy.

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The Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Stategy (ASETS) is an integrated approach to Aboriginal labour market programming that will link training to labour market demand and ensure that the growing Aboriginal population is able to fully participate in economic opportunities. Through ASETS, the Government of Canada will be providing Aboriginal Agreement Holders with $1.6 billion over five years.

ASETS is the partnership- and results-based successor strategy to the Aboriginal Human Resources Development Strategy. Implemented in 2010, ASETS focuses on three strategic priorities: supporting skills development; fostering partnerships with the private sector and the provinces and territories; and putting emphasis on accountability and results. The Government of Canada is working with partners across the country to facilitate the transition and planning process.

Contact Information

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