September 29, 2014 - Vancouver, BC - Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
Mark Strahl, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, today delivered remarks at the 5th Annual Canadian Welding Association Summit in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Parliamentary Secretary Strahl highlighted the significant initiatives the Government of Canada has undertaken to increase economic opportunities for Aboriginal peoples, for the benefit of all Canadians.
Economic Action Plan 2014 focuses on measures that align job and skills training with labour market needs. For example, First Nations youth, who represent the fastest growing segment of the nation’s population, will now have increased access to skills training and jobs through the First Nations Job Fund. These investments provide personalized support for young adults through skills training to encourage greater participation in the economy for strong First Nation communities and a strong country as a whole.
The theme of this year's conference is Welding in the Arctic, and Parliamentary Secretary Strahl highlighted the measures taken to promote education and job training in Canada's North through a comprehensive Northern Strategy, which includes funding and a commitment to promote economic development in the region.
Office of the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development
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