Victoria Announces $30 Million for Aboriginal Skills Training
Prince George, B.C. – The provincial government has pledged $30 million to support new Aboriginal skills-training projects.
The money will begin flowing this year and will support Aboriginal skills training primarily in First Nations communities set to benefit from LNG development.
The money will be managed and distributed by the Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation.
“The Aboriginal Skills Training Development Program is a good example of how our government is walking a better path and working in partnership with First Nations to ensure a positive legacy from LNG development,” said John Rustad, Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation.”
Labour Minister Shirley Bond said the money is timely considering more than half of all Aboriginal people in B.C. are under the age of 25.
“Access to well-paying jobs and economic participation are keys to shared prosperity with First Nations,” said Bond. “By increasing funding for Aboriginal skills training, we are promoting greater First Nations participation in a dynamic and rapidly changing labour market.”
The announcement also had the support of Carrier Sekani Tribal Council Tribal Chair Terry Tegee.
“It’s one great opportunity for First Nations to get entry-level training and also an opportunity to get in the pipeline industry,” he said. “But I think what’s more important is that a lot of First Nations are looking beyond these entry-level jobs to become engineers which this announcement could play a part in.”