7.5 million dollars to support six Indigenous training programs

Hillary Johnson

A crowd gathered at the Kitselas First Nation administrative building where cheers erupted when Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training, Melanie Mark, announced that Industry Training Authority (ITA),  is providing 7.5 million dollars to support six Indigenous training programs, with funding from the Canada-BC Workforce Development Agreement, a portion of which will be going towards the community.


"As the Minister of advanced education skills and training, working in partnership with the industry training authority, we are announcing 7.5 million dollars to six programs across this province. 1.2 million dollars is going to come right here in this community to support the Kitselas First Nation."


The programs will address community priorities and opportunities with courses ranging from exploratory and introductory trades to construction and electrical training. Kitselas manager for employment training, David Hansen says that Kitselas, in the last couple of years, has been building a strong working relationship of advanced education and skills training along with the ITA to continue to develop community lead programs.


"Meet people where they are at and find out how to integrate these cohort models, programming into community development and we have had a lot of success in the last couple of years piloting, that we are really looking forward with sharing with the Terrace area and hopefully, all of Canada about the success of the five tier system which brings into great consideration, the whole person in the process."


Programs include Kitselas First Nation's Community-Led Apprenticeship Development. Over two years, an estimated 48 people will receive introductory trades training that will pave the way to apprenticeships.


"I got the chance to meet the students. I'm so proud your nation is working together. I always tell people to imagine 20 different canoes with one person in each canoe trying to bring prosperity to their community or come together and see how far we'll go."


Now that this funding, for vocational trades training, will be made available, it will be up to those participating students to take this opportunity and apply it to the best of their abilities as they enter the job market.

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