The province is providing the Treaty 8 Tribal Association with nearly $134,000 to help its members take advantage of regional economic development opportunities – including liquefied natural gas.

The Labor Market Partnership funding will help the tribal association hire a consultant to do a five-year action plan and study.

It will focus on the skills needed for future jobs, on existing skill gaps, and on ways employers can best meet their work force needs through local hiring.

Five of the Treaty 8 Tribal Association member bands are participating, including the West Moberly, Saulteau, Prophet River, Halfway River, and Doig River First Nations.

Other Treaty 8 bands will be invited to participate in the research.

“Treaty 8 First Nations will play a very important part in supplying workers to help with the labor shortages that our area is going to see in the near and distant future,” Peace River North MLA Pat Pimm said. “This report will go a long ways to identifying the areas that need to be strengthened so that we can all take advantage of these benefits.”

The project will last 43 weeks, wrapping up with a report scheduled to be released in late August of next year.