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Government of Canada supports skills training for Indigenous people in central British Columbia

by ahnationtalk on March 5, 2019138 Views

March 5, 2019                       Kamloops, British Columbia                        Employment and Social Development Canada

A strong economy depends on a strong middle class where everybody has a fair chance at success. Despite being the fastest growing segment of the country’s population, Indigenous people continue to be under-represented in Canada’s workforce. Today, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, highlighted the work being done by the Shuswap Nation Tribal Council to help Indigenous people train for good quality jobs.

An Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy partner since 2010, the Shuswap Nation Tribal Council has received a total of $31.3 million, which has helped more than 7,800 Indigenous people get skills training and job opportunities in areas that include forestry, fire-fighting, construction, tourism, hospitality, health and fisheries.

The Government of Canada continues to work closely with Indigenous partners to bring forward meaningful changes to training programs for Indigenous people. Following a historic Budget 2018 investment of $2 billion over five years and over $400 million per year ongoing, a new Indigenous Skills and Employment Training Program will launch April 1, 2019 with a distinctions-based approach to better meet the needs of First Nations, Inuit, Métis and urban/non-affiliated Indigenous people.


“The Government is committed to a renewed nation-to-nation relationship with Indigenous people, one that is framed by principles of reconciliation. Establishing strong partnerships with Indigenous organizations like the partnership with the Shuswap Nation Tribal Council is helping to ensure better outcomes for Indigenous peoples for generations to come.”
– The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour and Member of Parliament for Thunder Bay–Superior North

“This commitment will play a key role in shaping the future for our people and Canada. This partnership provides better opportunities for families by giving them the necessary tools to support themselves and the future of their children. The success of our program is how we work together utilizing the strength of our culture, values and identity to help our people gain the skillsets needed to enter into the labour market.”
– Kukpi7 Wayne Christian, Tribal Chair, Shuswap Nation Tribal Council

Quick facts

  • The Indigenous population is young and is the fastest growing population in Canada. More than 400,000 Indigenous youth will be of age to enter the job market over the next decade.
  • The Government of Canada’s goal is to reduce the skills gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people by 50%, and the employment gap by 25%.
  • The ASETS delivery organizations, along with the Skills and Partnership Fund, have helped more than 400,000 Indigenous people find employment or return to school.
  • Overall, labour market conditions have improved for Indigenous peoples. According to the Fall Economic Statement 2018, the employment rate for Indigenous people who live off reserve increased by 2.6 percentage points from 2016 to 2018.

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For media enquiries, please contact:
Véronique Simard
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Patty Hajdu, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour

Media Relations Office
Employment and Social Development Canada


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