Governments of Canada and Alberta support Aboriginal skills development

Governments of Canada and Alberta support Aboriginal skills development 
EDMONTON, March 13, 2013 /CNW/ - In Alberta, 350 Aboriginal people will be 
trained for high-demand jobs in the energy sector, thanks to investments from 
the Governments of Canada and Alberta, and other partners. The announcement 
was made today by the Honourable Laurie Hawn, Member of Parliament for 
Edmonton Centre, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human 
Resources and Skills Development, and the Honourable Robin Campbell, Alberta 
Minister of Aboriginal Relations. 
Governments, industry, trade unions, training organizations and Aboriginal 
communities are investing close to $7 million in this training initiative that 
is designed to address Alberta's critical skills shortages and build better 
futures for Aboriginal people. 
"Our government's top priorities are creating jobs, economic growth and 
long-term prosperity," said Mr. Hawn. "It's important that Canadians have the 
skills and training they need to succeed. That's why, through the Skills and 
Partnership Fund, our government works with partners to ensure Aboriginal 
people can take full advantage of economic opportunities." 
Through the Skills and Partnership Fund, the Government of Canada is 
contributing over $1.9 million to the Trade Winds to Success Training Society 
to provide Aboriginal people with training and work experience in various 
energy-related occupations, in particular in Alberta's oil and gas sector. 
These include jobs such as boilermakers, carpenters, electricians, welders and 
The Government of Alberta will also invest $1.6 million in the project through 
the through the Ministries of Human Services and Aboriginal Relations. 
"The Alberta Government is a proud partner of the Trade Winds to Success 
Training Society, which has helped more than 500 Aboriginal Albertans build 
brighter futures for themselves and their families since 2005," said Minister 
Campbell. "We are committed to working with Aboriginal communities to ensure 
they can take advantage of the opportunities available in our province and 
reach their full potential." 
"The Board of Directors, Trade Winds to Success Training Society staff and, 
most importantly, the Aboriginal people we serve, would like to thank the 
federal and provincial governments for their financial support through the 
Skills and Partnership Fund," said Deborah Munroe, Executive Director, Trade 
Winds to Success Training Society. "This funding will allow us to continue 
doing what we do best—putting Aboriginal people to work in the trades." 
There are 10 other partners, including the Oteenow Employment & Training 
Society, Community Futures Treaty Seven, ConocoPhillips and the Alberta 
Carpenters Training Centre that are making significant investments in this 
The Skills and Partnership Fund is part of the Government of Canada's approach 
to help First Nations, Métis and Inuit get training and work experience to 
secure meaningful long-term employment. 
Launched in July 2010, the Skills and Partnership Fund (SPF) encourages 
Aboriginal organizations to create partnerships with government, business and 
community organizations that drive change, improve skills training and create 
opportunities for Aboriginal people. 
SPF responds to the changing needs and priorities of the labour market while 
providing opportunities for Aboriginal people to fully participate in Canada's 
economy. The Government of Canada is investing $210 million over five years in 
this partnership-based, opportunity-driven fund. 
The Government of Canada also funds the Aboriginal Skills and Employment 
Training Strategy, which is an integrated approach to Aboriginal labour market 
programming that links training to labour market demand. The Strategy supports 
more than 80 Aboriginal organizations in the delivery of programs and services 
to increase Aboriginal participation in the Canadian labour market. It focuses 
on three strategic priorities: supporting skills development; fostering 
partnerships with the private sector and the provinces and territories; and 
accountability and results. The program was launched in April 2010 with 
funding of $1.6 billion over five years. 
This news release is available in alternative formats on request. 
Alyson Queen Director of Communications Office of Minister Finley 819-994-2482 
 Media Relations Office Human Resources and Skills Development Canada 
SOURCE: Human Resources and Skills Development Canada 
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