Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

June 21, 2012 12:00 ET

Government of Canada Supports Aboriginal Skills Development in Vancouver

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - June 21, 2012) - The Honourable John Duncan, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development and Member of Parliament for Vancouver Island North, today announced a Government of Canada investment to provide skills development opportunities for 66 Aboriginal people in Vancouver to help them access good jobs and participate in Canada's robust economy. The announcement was made on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

The Government of Canada will invest more than $397,000 from the Skills and Partnership Fund in the Native Education College (NEC) for two projects: the Aboriginal Youth Worker project and the Aboriginal Practical Nurse Bridging program.

"Our government's top priority is job creation, economic growth and long-term prosperity," said Minister Duncan. "That is why we work with organizations like NEC to ensure Aboriginal people are able to take full advantage of economic opportunities."

Through the Aboriginal Youth Worker project, the organization will provide training and work experiences in the social services sector to 16 project participants from the Vancouver area. The participants will receive classroom training, in partnership with Vancouver area colleges, and do work placements to secure employment in the social services sector, where they will work with Aboriginal children and youth in inner-city Vancouver.

Through the Aboriginal Practical Nurse Bridging program, NEC will provide training and work experiences in the health care sector for Aboriginal people living in Metro Vancouver. In partnership with Vancouver Coastal Health, this program will train, graduate and allow for Licensed Practical Nurse bridging for up to 50 Aboriginal individuals.

"This Government of Canada funding will allow us to make a real difference here in Vancouver," said David Wells, Academic Dean, Native Education College. "Not only will we be assisting participants with developing key skills and experience they can use in the workforce, but their future work will provide ongoing benefits to our community. These programs represent an innovative collaboration between NEC, public education institutions, community organizations and health service authorities and agencies, which we hope will be a template for future collaborative education solutions."

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

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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

    Media Relations Office
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada