Friday, February 7, 2014

Federal Gov't News

The Road to Prosperity

Local First Nation youth to benefit from skills training

Released by Robert Pearsall, for MP Mark Strahl


hilliwack-Fraser 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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