Break­ing down bar­ri­ers

Train­ing pro­gram gets $2.6 mil­lion.

The Sudbury Star - - FRONT PAGE - STAR STAFF sud.edi­to­rial@sun­media.ca

Ot­tawa will spend close to $2.6 mil­lion on a project in­tended to break down bar­ri­ers to em­ploy­ment for In­dige­nous peo­ple in Naughton, Sud­bury and Chelms­ford.

The money will be used to train 15 In­dige­nous youth and 35 In­dige­nous women on the en­vi­ron­men­tal as­pects of min­ing, mine clo­sure and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of closed mines.

As a re­sult of this pro­gram, the par­tic­i­pants, who are not en­rolled in any post-sec­ondary train­ing or ed­u­ca­tion, will be able to in­crease their em­ploy­a­bil­ity, the fed­eral gov­ern­ment said in a re­lease.

The money will come from Ot­tawa’s Skills and Part­ner­ship Fund, said Patty Ha­jdu, the min­is­ter of Em­ploy­ment, Work­force De­vel­op­ment and Labour, who was in Sud­bury on Tues­day to an­nounce the fund­ing.

“Young In­dige­nous peo­ple are the fastest-grow­ing part of Canada’s pop­u­la­tion, and it ben­e­fits us all to en­sure they have the skills and train­ing they need to find good jobs,” Ha­jdu said. “Break­ing down those bar­ri­ers to em­ploy­ment will help grow our econ­omy in a way that gives every­one a real and fair chance at suc­cess.”

Ha­jdu made the an­nounce­ment at Atikamek­sheng Anish­naw­bek, along with Lib­eral MPs Marc Serré (Nickel Belt) and Paul Le­feb­vre (Sud­bury).

The Skills and Part­ner­ship Fund sup­ports part­ner­ships be­tween In­dige­nous or­ga­ni­za­tions and train­ing in­sti­tu­tions, com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tions, lo­cal busi­ness and in­dus­try to en­hance skills de­vel­op­ment for In­dige­nous peo­ple. These part­ner­ship-based projects help to ad­dress a broad range of so­cioe­co­nomic is­sues fac­ing In­dige­nous peo­ple.

By fund­ing this project, the Gov­ern­ment of Canada said it is help­ing Cana­di­ans, in­clud­ing In­dige­nous peo­ple, im­prove their qual­ity of life and con­trib­ute to shap­ing com­mu­ni­ties in Canada.

“By pro­vid­ing more op­por­tu­ni­ties and train­ing for In­dige­nous peo­ple, the Gov­ern­ment of Canada is demon­strat­ing the im­por­tance of help­ing all Cana­di­ans get the skills and ex­pe­ri­ence they need to help build strong com­mu­ni­ties like ours across the coun­try and to con­trib­ute to grow­ing the mid­dle class,” Serré said.

Chris­tian Naponse, a com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion as­sis­tant/com­mu­nity re­search tech­ni­cian at Atikamek­sheng Anish­naw­bek, wel­comed the fund­ing.

“The De­vel­op­ing In­dige­nous En­vi­ron­men­tal Keep­ers Pro­gram will pro­vide mem­bers of Atikamek­sheng Anish­naw­bek and sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties with the op­por­tu­nity to gain skills and train­ing to sup­port them on a path to fur­ther­ing their stud­ies or gain­ing mean­ing­ful em­ploy­ment in sus­tain­able re­source de­vel­op­ment,” Naponse said. “This will build ca­pac­ity for lo­cal First Na­tions to meet the in­creas­ing de­mand for part­ner­ships in re­source de­vel­op­ment and en­vi­ron­men­tal mon­i­tor­ing.”

Quick Facts

In­dige­nous peo­ple in Canada rep­re­sent the youngest and fastest-grow­ing seg­ment of the coun­try’s pop­u­la­tion. Over the next decade, 400,000 In­dige­nous youth will be pre­par­ing to en­ter the work­force.

The Skills and Part­ner­ship Fund re­ceives $50 mil­lion in fund­ing per year, and to date has lever­aged ap­prox­i­mately $250 mil­lion (cash and in-kind) from part­ner­ships since its in­cep­tion.

From April 2010 to March 2017, the SPF has served more than 32,000 In­dige­nous clients, which in­cluded help­ing over 12,500 in­di­vid­u­als get jobs in var­i­ous sec­tors such as nat­u­ral re­sources, trades, health, re­tail and tourism, and as­sist­ing 1,650 in­di­vid­u­als to re­turn to school.

GINO DONATO/SUD­BURY STAR

Patty Ha­jdu, min­is­ter of Em­ploy­ment, Work­force De­vel­op­ment and Labour, an­nounces fund­ing of $2.6 mil­lion in the Skills and Part­ner­ship Fund for the Atikamek­sheng Anish­naw­bek to break down bar­ri­ers to em­ploy­ment for in­dige­nous peo­ple in Sud­bury on Tues­day.

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