Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

October 08, 2010 12:00 ET

Government of Canada to Support Aboriginal Training and Employment in Manitoba

THE PAS, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - Oct. 8, 2010) - Thanks to projects funded by the Government of Canada, Aboriginal people in Manitoba will get the skills they need to find and keep jobs. The Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety, made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

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

Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO) will receive support for projects that will help design and deliver labour market programs and services for Aboriginal people in Manitoba. As a result, over 1250 Aboriginal people are expected to be placed in employment over the duration of the agreement. Additionally, approximately 850 Aboriginal youth will get help to return to school or to find full-time jobs in industries where there are skills shortages. Strong partnerships with government, industry, educational and training institutions, and other community service providers will be created. It is expected that through these projects, Aboriginal people will find jobs in industries where there are skills shortages.

"Thanks to the hard work being performed in the communities and by MKO staff in developing the capacity to implement this new $75-million agreement at the community level, we will be able to once again focus on meaningful partnerships across all sectors, and provide long-term employment opportunities for our people in the North," said Grand Chief David Harper of Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak. "By focusing on partnerships, we can bridge the gap between employment opportunities with major employers and the highly motivated and trained individuals in our First Nation communities. Everything we need to do this is in place; we need to start working together to move forward."

The Government of Canada is providing over $75 million for these projects through its Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy (ASETS). ASETS is part of a government-wide approach to help First Nations, Métis and Inuit secure sustainable and meaningful employment.

On the release of unemployment rate figures, it is particularly important for the Government to stay on course and continue to focus on Canada's economic recovery. The Government remains focused on implementing Canada's Economic Action Plan to protect the recovery and growth of the economy. Since July 2009, the Economic Action Plan has helped create nearly 430,000 new jobs.


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.

This news release is available in alternative formats on request.

Contact Information

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