OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Oct. 17, 2013) - The National Association of Friendship Centres (NAFC) is pleased with the inclusion of Aboriginal skills development and training in yesterday's Speech from the Throne.
"We are glad to see the Harper government continue its important investment in skills and training for Aboriginal peoples, "says Nelson Mayer, President of the NAFC. "This demonstrates that this government is making urban Aboriginal peoples a priority."
The Speech from the Throne vowed to take further steps to assist Aboriginal Canadians in finding the job-training required to participate more fully in the workforce. This would build on previous funding for the Cultural Connections for Aboriginal Youth Program (CCAY) which in 2012 focused on equipping young Aboriginal people with the skills required in today's labour market.
The NAFC continues to advocate for programs like the CCAY and additional resources for skills development, particularly for urban Aboriginal youth with the hopes that it will lead to more effective and consistent programming and to secure jobs.
"These are continued steps in the right direction under this government's urban Aboriginal agenda and our National Association will continue to work with them in support of these positive programs and initiatives," concludes Jeffrey Cyr, Executive Director of the NAFC.
These programs and others are delivered through Aboriginal Friendship Centres across Canada in concert with the Young Canada Works (YCW) program.
The NAFC represents a network of 119 Aboriginal Friendship Centres across Canada that have been providing vital services in urban areas for over 50 years. Friendship Centres are the primary providers of culturally enhanced programs and services to urban Aboriginal people. They deliver on average 1,439 programs to over 2.3 million people including status and non-status First Nations, Metis, Inuit and non-Aboriginal people.