Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

July 20, 2012 08:00 ET

Government of Canada Supports Aboriginal Skills Development in Dorchester

DORCHESTER, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - July 20, 2012) - Robert Goguen, Member of Parliament for Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice, today announced a Government of Canada investment to provide skills development opportunities for Aboriginal people in Dorchester. The announcement was made on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

"Our government's top priority is job creation, economic growth and long-term prosperity," said Mr. Goguen. "That is why we work with organizations like the Fort Folly First Nation to ensure Aboriginal people are able to take full advantage of economic opportunities."

Through the Fort Folly First Nation project, participants will receive training, certifications and experience related to biological field work and data management. They will also obtain training in web design and management. In addition, participants will attend workshops to improve their office skills and help them secure full-time employment.

This Government of Canada investment from the Skills and Partnership Fund in this Fort Folly First Nation project will help Aboriginal people get access to good jobs and participate in Canada's robust economy.

"Fort Folly First Nation has been an important participant in species at risk conservation and restoration within Fort Folly's traditional territory since the 1990's - always with a focus on engaging and involving its youth," said Mr. Joe Knockwood, Chief of the Fort Folly First Nation. "The Skills and Partnership Fund has been a great help to us in achieving our goals of giving our youth the capacity and skills needed to find lasting employment opportunities."

The Skills and Partnership Fund is part of the Government's approach to help First Nations, Métis and Inuit people get training and work experience to secure sustainable, meaningful employment.

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BACKGROUNDER

Launched in July 2010, the Skills and Partnership Fund encourages Aboriginal organizations to create partnerships with government, business and community organizations that drive change, improve skills training and create opportunities for Aboriginal people.

The Government of Canada is investing $210 million over five years in this partnership-based, opportunity-driven fund. The Fund supports projects that encourage innovation, test new approaches and address systemic gaps in the delivery of employment services for Aboriginal Canadians to ensure this growing population can fully share in economic opportunities. All Aboriginal organizations are eligible to apply for funding under the program.

The Skills and Partnership Fund responds to the changing needs and priorities of the labour market while providing opportunities for Aboriginal people to fully participate in Canada's economy.

The Government of Canada also supports the Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy, which is an integrated approach to Aboriginal labour market programming that links training to labour market demand. The Strategy supports more than 80 Aboriginal organizations in the delivery of programs and services to increase Aboriginal participation in the Canadian labour market. It focuses on three strategic priorities: supporting skills development; fostering partnerships with the private sector and the provinces and territories; and accountability and results. The program was launched in April 2010 with funding of $1.6 billion over five years.

Contact Information

  • Marian Ngo
    Office of Minister Finley
    819-994-2482

    Media Relations Office
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    819-994-5559