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Ontario Investing in Skills Training for Bruce Peninsula Area First Nations

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Ontario Investing in Skills Training for Bruce Peninsula Area First Nations

Province Helping First Nations People Get Energy Sector Jobs

Ministry of Indigenous Affairs

Ontario is helping local First Nations people get the skills they need for energy sector jobs by funding a new training program in the Bruce Peninsula area.

The Skills Ready Aboriginal People Project is being delivered in partnership by the Huronia Area Aboriginal Management Board (HAAMB), Georgian College and Bruce Power. The program provides academic upgrading and hands-on work experience in the skilled trades. The objective is to prepare students for entry level jobs in the energy sector and aims to be a foundation for students to gain meaningful job opportunities that would allow them to participate in the local economy.

The program is currently being offered to members of the Saugeen First Nation and the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation. Georgian College is delivering the 20-week Skills Ready course at its Owen Sound campus, and the project's second intake began on Oct. 31, 2016 and runs until early spring 2017.

Supporting economic development for First Nation communities is one of many steps on Ontario's journey of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. It reflects the government's commitment to work with Indigenous partners, creating a better future for everyone in the province.

Investing in skills training is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives. 

Quick Facts

  • The Huronia Area Aboriginal Management Board will receive $248,556 to implement its Skills Ready Aboriginal Peoples Project, through the Aboriginal Economic Development Fund (AEDF).
  • HAAMB’s partnership with Bruce Power relates to nuclear refurbishment initiatives that will require a skilled workforce.
  • Ontario is investing a total of $95 million into the AEDF over ten years. The AEDF was launched in 2014 and has three funding streams: Regional Partnership Grants, Economic Diversification Grants and the Business and Community Fund.
  • To date, Ontario has funded 57 projects with Indigenous partners through the AEDF.
  • To reflect the government’s commitment to reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, the name of the program will be changed to the Indigenous Economic Development Fund in the near future.

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“Our government believes in investing in training opportunities that provide First Nations people the opportunity to meaningfully participate in the economy. This project is a shining example of how an Indigenous organization, industry and a community college can work together to help First Nations people get high skilled jobs.”

David Zimmer

Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation

“The potential this project has on improving the lives of our people brings great excitement. We appreciate all the support and guidance we have received in developing the foundation of this project.”

Carlene Keeshig

Board President, Huronia Area Aboriginal Management Board

“Through the help of this program, I completed my GED and was successfully granted a full time position as a High Voltage Electrical Apprentice in the Nuclear Field. I have now been working three months. I now have a career that will provide us with much more then needed to support my family.”

Pernell Jones

Participant, Skills Ready Aboriginal People Project

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