The province will spend two million dollars over three years to provide skills training to more than one thousand aboriginal people, primarily in northern BC. The province is hoping to urban aboriginal people will be able to find stable employment and economic independence through the program.
“With the vast majority of Aboriginal people living off-reserve and in urban areas, we need to tailor more skills training programs to meet their needs” said John Rustad, Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation. 78% of all Aboriginal people in BC, live off reserve.
The government plans to establish employment centres in seven Aboriginal Friendship Centres along the liquefied natural gas corridor. BC is projected to remain one of Canada’s economic leaders in the next two years”, said Jobs Minister Shirley Bond. “Initiatives like this will provide Aboriginal people with the skills training and work experience necessary to find their fit in our diverse, strong and growing economy”. she added.
The funding announcement was made this morning in Prince George.