Friday, February 7, 2014
Federal Gov't News
The Road to Prosperity
Nation youth to benefit from skills training
Released by Robert Pearsall, for MP Mark Strahl
Canyon MP, Mark Strahl announced that the Seabird, Chawathil, Shxwowhamel,
Squiala, Cheam, and Union Bar First Nations will all participate in a
program to connect youth with skills training.
"I'm very pleased that, through this additional funding,
area First Nations youth will have new opportunities to gain the skills they
need to obtain employment," said Strahl.
The new Income Assistance Program will connect First Nations youth to skills
training and jobs. The participating First Nations communities are
participating at the request of their local First Nations leadership.
An integral component of the Program is case management. Case-workers will
work with individuals to identify barriers to employment and to develop a
personalized plan to address those barriers.
This announcement represents the next steps in the implementation of the
Economic Action Plan 2013 commitment to invest $241 million over four years
to connect on-reserve First Nations youth between the ages of 18 and 24 to
skills training and jobs.
It builds on the success of recent pilot projects and partnerships being
undertaken across Canada, where the Government of Canada has been working
with the provincial governments, First Nations and the private sector to
link First Nations Income Assistance clients with training and jobs.
First Nations youth will have access to a range of services and programs
aimed at increasing their job prospects and supporting them as they move
into the workforce, including: basic life-skills training, skills training
and career counseling.
Activities will begin over the coming months across Canada, as First Nation
communities and Tribal Councils lead the effort to ensure youth have every
opportunity for jobs and prosperity.
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