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Canada’s New Government Refocuses Urban Aboriginal Strategy To Promote Job Training And Entrepreneurship

by NationTalk on May 11, 20071005 Views

Edmonton, (May 11, 2007) – The Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, today announced a refocused Urban Aboriginal Strategy that concentrates on job training and entrepreneurship for Aboriginal people living in urban areas.“Our goal is to empower individuals to take effective control and responsibility for their lives by providing them with access to the services they need to succeed in Canadian cities,” said Minister Prentice. “The program’s new mandate will focus strongly on projects that promote job training, skills development and entrepreneurship.”

“Canada’s fastest growing Aboriginal communities are in cities like Edmonton, and it is so important that we invest here to ensure Aboriginal peoples can integrate successfully and take full advantage of the economic and community opportunities that exist here,” said Edmonton Mayor Stephen Mandel. “We look forward to working with Aboriginal communities and the provincial and federal governments to make this long-term commitment of dollars a success.”

The refocused strategy is a five-year investment of $68.5 million and is a partnership with various federal, provincial and municipal partners, local Aboriginal and community organizations, and the private sector. The projects approved will focus on improving life skills, promoting entrepreneurship and employment skill development, and support for Aboriginal women, children and families.

About half of Canada’s Aboriginal population lives in cities and towns. Twelve urban centres are designated as participants in the Urban Aboriginal Strategy : Vancouver, Prince George, Edmonton, Calgary, Lethbridge, Regina, Saskatoon, Prince Albert, Winnipeg, Thompson, Thunder Bay and Toronto.

For more information, please contact:

Minister’s Office
Deirdra McCracken
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Jim Prentice
(819) 997-0002

Media Relations
Indian and Northern Affairs Canada
(819) 953-1160

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