July 29, 2014 - Penticton, British Columbia - Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
Minister Valcourt speaks to youth affiliated with the Okanagan Nation regarding their experience receiving personalized job readiness support thanks to Enhanced Service Delivery.
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On July 26, 2014, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Minister Bernard Valcourt and Dan Albas, Member of Parliament for Okanagan-Coquihalla, met with youth affiliated with the Okanagan Nation who are receiving personalized support so that they can secure the skills training that will help them find a job and achieve the self-sufficiency they deserve. Also participating in the discussions were Chief Jonathan Kruger and Social Development Manager Ted Cutbill.
The Okanagan Nation currently has close to 90 affiliated youth undertaking Enhanced Service Delivery, which supports First Nations in identifying individuals’ employment needs and establishes a plan to assist individuals in overcoming barriers to employment. The goal: connecting youth with jobs. On January 31, 2014, Minister Valcourt announced that nearly 4,000 First Nation youth from across Canada will participate in an effort to reduce reliance on Income Assistance by providing youth with access to a wider, more personalized, range of training, education and career counselling programs that will help them get jobs.
By investing in jobs and skills training for First Nation youth, the Government of Canada is taking concrete steps to help build more prosperous, self-sufficient First Nation communities.
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