Industry Training Authority

Industry Training Authority

June 20, 2013 19:01 ET

National Aboriginal Day Event

Stanley Park Event to Celebrate Aboriginal People in the Skilled Trades

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - June 20, 2013) - On June 21, join Kevin Evans, CEO of the Industry Training Authority (ITA), and Gary McDermott, ITA Director of Aboriginal Initiatives, along with Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training Shirley Bond, and Minister of State for Tourism and Small Business Naomi Yamamoto, as they celebrate the partnerships and successes of Aboriginal people in skilled trades training as well as B.C.'s Aboriginal cultures. The event is in conjunction with the Aboriginal Tourism Association of BC and the opening of their Klahowya Village.

When: Friday June 21, 2013, 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
11:15 a.m. Press Registration
11:30 a.m. Opening Ceremony
11:45 a.m. Kevin Evans speaks
11:50 a.m. Minister Bond speaks
11:55 a.m. Minister Yamamoto speaks
12:00 p.m. Chef Chris Monkman & his apprentice Melinda Russell
12:10 p.m. Closing
Where: Klahowya Village, Stanley Park next to Malkin Bowl
Enter Stanley Park from Vancouver; at park entrance traffic circle, take second exit at Pipeline Road and follow signs. Complimentary parking at lot next to Klahowya Village main entrance
What: Kevin Evans, CEO of ITA, Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training, and Minister of State for Tourism, Naomi Yamamoto, celebrate National Aboriginal Day with First Nation representatives, elders and supporters.


This will be a very visual cultural event, with a traditional dance performance, and a number of photo and interview opportunities, including:

Kevin Evans, ITA CEO, and Gary McDermott, ITA Director of Aboriginal Initiatives, are available to discuss the future labour market requirements for skilled trades in BC and how Aboriginal training is crucial to meeting these requirements. They can also speak to the barriers Aboriginal people face when entering into the trades, and how to break these down to recruit and retain the skilled tradespeople B.C. need.

First Year Apprentice: Melinda Russell

Melinda, a member of the Mohawk Nation, living in Abbotsford, is training for her Professional Cook Level 1 qualification at Stó:Lō Aboriginal Skills & Employment Training (SASET). She will be available to discuss her experience training to be a cook and her future career plans.

Chef Instructor, Chris Monkman

Chris is the Chef Instructor/Program Administrator at Stó:Lō Aboriginal Skills & Employment Training (SASET). He will be available to discuss the Professional Cook Level 1 program as well as his successes in the trades.

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