Major Investment Announced To Train Local Indigenous Workers

Posted on Thursday, July 12, 2018 12:24 PM

The federal government is investing 5.7-million to help Indigenous people get vital job skills and work experience.

The funding is going to the Sioux Lookout Area Aboriginal Employment & Training Board.

Kenora MP Bob Nault made the announcement in Sioux Lookout Thursday morning and he says the investment is all about getting ready for major development in the region.

Nault says they are pleased to start down a path looking at economic growth with electrical grid expansion and all-weather road construction.

He says the Board will be using the funding to train 334 people in skilled trades, hospitality, water treatment, information technology, security, health care and heavy equipment operation.

Nault notes 170 will be youth recruited from 25 First Nations in the region, who will gain work experience under the "At Risk Youth Program Initiative".

He says young Indigenous kids are the fastest growing population in Canada, looking to get skilled trades and looking to be involved in the economy in their home communities.

Nault says they want to get youth to start thinking about what their career path will be.