Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

June 29, 2011 11:00 ET

Government of Canada Supports Aboriginal Skills Development in Saskatchewan

SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - June 29, 2011) - Aboriginal people will get the skills they need to find and keep jobs through an innovative project supported by the Government of Canada. Ms. Kelly Block, Member of Parliament for Saskatoon—Rosetown—Biggar, made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

"In a constantly evolving labour market, it's important that Canadians get the skills and training they need to succeed," said Ms. Block. "Through projects like this, our Government is bringing together Aboriginal organizations, various levels of government, businesses and community organizations to ensure Aboriginal people in Saskatchewan are able to take full advantage of economic opportunities and ultimately, get good jobs."

The Gabriel Dumont Institute Training & Employment Inc. (GDITE) will receive $2.4 million under the Skills and Partnership Fund (SPF) for its Aboriginal Apprenticeship Initiative. The organization will work with its partners to build capacity by training educational counsellors who will coordinate and manage apprenticeships between Aboriginal workers and employers, as well as developing a long-term strategy for apprenticeship programming at GDITE.

"This is an important day for GDI and Aboriginal peoples," said GDI's Vice-Chair Glenn Lafleur. "As the economy of Saskatchewan gets stronger and Aboriginal population grows, Apprenticeship Initiative will create more opportunities for Aboriginal peoples to gain the necessary skills for employment."

The GDITE, along with the Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure Saskatchewan, the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship Trade Certification Commission, and private sector apprenticeship employers throughout the province will contribute approximately $8 million to the project over three years.

The SPF is part of the Government's approach to help First Nations, Métis and Inuit get training and work experience to secure sustainable, meaningful employment. It is intended to encourage innovation in Aboriginal training-to-employment products and service delivery.

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Launched in July 2010, the Skills and Partnership Fund (SPF) 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. SPF provides funding for 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 SPF builds on the success of earlier Aboriginal employment programs, responding to the changing needs and priorities of the labour market, while providing opportunities for Aboriginal people to fully participate in Canada's economy.

The SPF also supports the Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy (ASETS), 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. ASETS focuses on three strategic priorities: supporting skills development; fostering partnerships with the private sector and the provinces and territories; as well as accountability and results. The program was launched in April 2010 with funding of $1.6 billion over five years.

Contact Information

  • Ann Matejicka
    Director of Communications
    Office of Minister Finley

    Media Relations Office
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada