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City of Winnipeg and MMF Partner to Create Job Opportunities

by NationTalk on March 11, 20091408 Views

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March 6, 2009

It’s My Community Too: will build foundation for long term sustainable employment

WINNIPEG – March 6, 2009 – Mayor Sam Katz, Secretary of Urban Aboriginal Affairs, and Manitoba Métis Federation (MMF) President David Chartrand today announced details of “It’s My Community Too”, a new program focused on building individual and community pride. Through partnership between the City of Winnipeg and the MMF, the program will assist individuals in developing basic life and employment skills, while improving the quality of life for residents through various municipal clean-up and maintenance projects.“It’s My Community Too” is designed to work with clients who possess multiple barriers to employment. Metis, Non-Status and Inuit candidates will be sourced through various community organizations such as the Siloam Mission, the Main Street Project and The Salvation Army. Participants in the program will receive on-the-job training in grounds maintainance including tree pruning, grounds keeping, graffiti removal, painting and repairing fences as well as completing other identified projects.

“I am proud the City of Winnipeg is partnering with the MMF to play a role to address some of the immense employment challenges many Métis and First Nations citizens face,” said Mayor Sam Katz. “I’ve committed to continue working with all First Nations, Aboriginal and Métis peoples to create skill-training and job opportunities that help everyone in our community to create better lives for themselves.”

“This project will clean each neighbourhood yard by yard, street by street and block by block” said MMF President David Chartrand. “A sense of community pride will return to some of the forgotten areas of our city and we will help to rebuild lives in the process”

A combination of work experience and classroom training will be the first step to establish the necessary skills to either begin job search strategies, or additional skills training that will create the foundation for long term sustainable employment opportunities.


“It’s My Community Too”, is a new program focused on building individual and community pride which will assist individuals in developing basic life and employment skills, while improving the quality of life for residents through various municipal clean-up and maintenance projects. A combination of work experience and classroom training will be the first step to establish the necessary skills to either begin job search strategies, or additional skills training that will create the foundation for long term sustainable employment opportunities.

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