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Government of Canada funding labour force transition initiatives to support Indigenous Women in Labrador

by pmnationtalk on March 13, 2018405 Views

March 12, 2018 – Labrador West, (Labrador) – Indigenous Services Canada

Today, MP Yvonne Jones on behalf of the Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Indigenous Services, congratulated the NunatuKavut Community Council on their successful proposals that support Indigenous women in Labrador to transition into the labour force, while providing traditional skills training, employment counselling, and cultural awareness support.

The NunatuKavut Community Council will receive core funding to continue to deliver programming from the Labrador West Indigenous Service Centre and project funding for their ”To Market We Go” pilot project.

Indigenous Services Canada is contributing to these initiatives through its Urban Programming for Indigenous Peoples.


“I wish to congratulate the NunatuKavut Community Council on the work they are doing in supporting Indigenous women in Labrador. By providing essential tools and support in a culturally sensitive environment, NunatuKavut is making the transition into the labour force more accessible.”

The Honourable Jane Philpott, M.D., P.C., M.P.
Minister of Indigenous Services

“As your MP, a woman, and a former resident of this community, I feel privileged to be here today to announce funding initiatives supporting Indigenous Women in Labrador. It is my hope that this funding will assist to empower Indigenous women by establishing effective and culturally-sensitive tools that will assist them in achieving their professional development goals.”

Yvonne Jones M. P. of Labrador

“The NunatuKavut Community Council is extremely pleased that the Aboriginal Service Centre in Labrador West is re-opening.  Federal government support and funding has been instrumental and we are deeply appreciative that they, and many others, understand its importance to Indigenous peoples and the community as a whole.  Now operating as the Labrador West Indigenous Service Centre, hardworking staff have already started to deliver effective, culturally appropriate programs and services to assist all Indigenous peoples living in or transitioning to the area. The interest in the Centre since its return has been tremendous as has been the invaluable support from community and Indigenous partners. We are hopeful the Centre will remain an integral part of life in Labrador West for many years to come.”

President Todd Russell, NunatuKavut Community Council

Quick facts

  • NunatuKavut Community Council Inc. Labrador West Indigenous Service Centre will be provided $172,209.00 in Organizational Capacity funding from UPIP for fiscal years 2017-18 for a total of $979,545.00 between 2017-18 and 2021-22.
  • The NunatuKavut Community Council ”To Market We Go” Pilot Project is aimed at helping Indigenous peoples in Labrador start small businesses. It will receive $76,449.00 in 2017-18 under the Program and Services funding stream from UPIP.

Associated links


Andrew MacKendrick
Office of the Honourable Jane Philpott
Minister of Indigenous Services

ISC Media Relations
Department of Indigenous Services Canada


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