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Aboriginal Youth Initiative opens doors – Edmonton Journal

by NationTalk on November 9, 2012530 Views

EDMONTON – For students living in communities off the beaten track, information about career possibilities can be difficult to come by.

That’s especially true in some First Nations communities that are isolated from larger centres and where role models can be scarce.

Since 2001, the Aboriginal Youth Initiative with Careers: The Next Generationhas worked to overcome these obstacles, exposing aboriginal youth to the opportunities available in Alberta’s trades. The initiative also tries to bridge the gap between employers and the ever-growing aboriginal labour pool by encouraging businesses to hire aboriginal summer interns.

The program began with modest goals, but quickly surpassed them.

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