FREDERICTON, NEW BRUNSWICK, OCTOBER 22, 2010-Aboriginal people will get the skills they need to find and keep jobs as a result of a Government of Canada-funded project. The Honourable KeithAshfield, Minister of National Revenue, Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway, made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable DianeFinley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.
"Our government is helping Aboriginal people get the skills and training they need-right here in New Brunswick," said Minister Ashfield. "Investing in training is one of the most important measures our government is taking to support workers; it strengthens communities and improves the long-term competitiveness of the economy."
The New Brunswick Aboriginal Peoples Council and Mawiw Council Inc. will receive support for projects that will design and deliver job-related programs and services for Aboriginal people in New Brunswick.
As a result of this funding, nearly 2000 Aboriginal people are expected to be placed in jobs over the duration of the projects, and Aboriginal youth will get help to return to school or to find full-time employment. The projects will also create strong partnerships between government, industry, educational and training institutions, and community service providers.
The Government of Canada is providing over $11 million for these projects through its Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy. The Strategy is part of a government-wide approach to help First Nations, Métis and Inuit secure sustainable and meaningful employment.
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The Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Stategy (ASETS) is an integrated approach to Aboriginal labour market programming that will link training to labour market demand and ensure that the growing Aboriginal population is able to fully participate in economic opportunities. Through ASETS, the Government of Canada will be providing Aboriginal Agreement Holders with $1.6 billion over five years.
ASETS is a partnership- and results-based strategy that builds on the successes of a previous program, the Aboriginal Human Resources Development Strategy. Implemented in 2010, ASETS focuses on three strategic priorities: supporting skills development; fostering partnerships with the private sector and the provinces and territories; and putting emphasis on accountability and results. The Government of Canada is working with partners across the country to facilitate the transition and planning process.