Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

October 20, 2010 15:59 ET

Government of Canada to Support Aboriginal Training and Employment in Ontario

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 20, 2010) - Aboriginal people will get the skills they need to find and keep jobs as a result of projects funded by the Government of Canada, today announced Mr. Greg Rickford, Member of Parliament for Kenora, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

"Our government is helping Aboriginal people in Ontario get the skills and training they need," said Mr. Rickford. "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."

Matawa First Nations Management will receive support to continue projects that will help Aboriginal people in the Thunder Bay area gain access to labour market programs and employment services. As a result, significant opportunities will be created for the 10 First Nations served by Matawa in the areas of mining and mineral exploration, and hydro transmission line development, as well as some on-reserve employment in the fields of nursing, policing and teaching. The projects will also create strong partnerships between government, industry, educational and training institutions, and community service providers.

The Government of Canada is providing over $9.5 million for these projects through its Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy. The Strategy is part of a government-wide approach to help First Nations, Métis and Inuit secure sustainable and meaningful employment.

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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