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The Government of Canada Partners With the Athabasca Tribal Coun

FORT MCMURRAY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Nov. 23, 2009) - Aboriginal youth in the Wood Buffalo region will have access to skills training thanks to Government of Canada funding for the Community Development Internship Project. This announcement was made today by Mr. Brian Jean, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities and Member of Parliament for Fort McMurray-Athabasca, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development. The Athabasca Tribal Council will deliver the project under the regional component of the Aboriginal Skills and Training Strategic Investment Fund.

"Aboriginal people are an important part of the Government of Canada's strategy to create the best educated, the most skilled, and the most flexible workforce in the world," said Mr. Jean. "With this project, we will help 40 Aboriginal youth between the ages of 15 and 30 gain the skills they need to participate in the labour market today and to be ready for the jobs of the future."

Canada's Economic Action Plan, which will help create opportunities for Canadian workers through skills development during these tough economic times, provides $75 million for the Aboriginal Skills and Training Strategic Investment Fund over two years. The Community Development Internship Project will receive $1,480,898, and is one of 71 short-term projects that will provide training opportunities for 5800 Aboriginal individuals and create 2100 jobs.

Through the Fund, the Government of Canada will help Aboriginal people get the specific skills they need to benefit from economic opportunities in a variety of sectors, such as health, aviation, trucking, construction and forestry, among others.

This project will provide individualized skills training to help Aboriginal youth overcome barriers to employment. It will prepare them to enter the workforce and encourage their participation in community development activities. The project will also help 40 Aboriginal youth from across the Wood Buffalo region to find meaningful employment.

Aboriginal Skills and Training Strategic Investment Fund projects support initiatives in various industries that test innovative ideas and approaches to delivering Aboriginal labour market programs. They may also provide training to overcome barriers to employment, such as low literacy.

All projects will deliver measurable results within the two-year timeframe and will be completed by March 31, 2011.

More information is available on the Human Resources and Skills Development Canada Web site at http://www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/home.shtml.

This news release is available online at www.actionplan.gc.ca.

BACKGROUNDER

Aboriginal Skills and Training Strategic Investment Fund

Aboriginal Skills and Training Strategic Investment Fund projects were selected using an application process. These projects will identify and implement distinct, short-term, focused initiatives designed to help Aboriginal people get the skills they require to benefit from economic opportunities.

The Fund has a regional and a national component. The regional component supports training-to-employment projects, skills development projects and service improvement projects on a regional basis.

The national component of the Fund will be used to support initiatives that are national in scope and partnership-based (Aboriginal organizations, governments, sector councils, and national training and employment groups, etc.), and will result in the development of tools, services or promising practices that will enhance the range of client and business services provided under the successor strategy to the Aboriginal Human Resources Development Strategy.

Funded projects will be announced in fall 2009. Projects are funded for a maximum of 18 months, and all projects must end on March 31, 2011.





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