Province Comes Forward With Labour Survey Funding

Prince George, BC, Canada / CKPG News
Province Comes Forward With Labour Survey Funding

The Province is supporting the aboriginal labour force with some funding, announced today.
Jobs Minister Shirley Bond joined the annual general meeting of the Prince George Nechako Aboriginal Employment and Training Association with a cheque for just over $320,000.
The money will help the organization identify the skills gaps within ten Northern BC First Nations. They are: Cheslatta Carrier
Nation, Lheidli T’enneh Band, McLeod Lake Band, Nadleh Whut’en Band, Nak’azdli Band, Saik’uz First Nation, Stellat’en First Nation, Takla
Lake First Nation, Tl’azt’en Nation and Yekooche First Nation, as well as additional communities who choose to participate.
That work will coincide with discussions with employers about where they see the employee needs into the future.
“It is critical that we work in partnership with First Nations as we grow our economy” says Bond. “This study will give us the information we need to create a labour market strategy to ensure that First Nations are full participants in our economic growth both today and in the future.”
She says, for the first time in BC, there are more people leaving the workforce than entering it. And with 50% of First Nations under the age of 25 years, there is a largely untapped resource available to the Province.
A report is anticipated in October.


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