Aboriginal centre in Fort St. John included in federal funding

The funding is provided through the National Association of Friendship Centres’ Urban Partnership Program, and is being allocated in an effort to enhance the contribution of urban Aboriginal residents within their local economy.

“Today’s announcement is a commitment to Aboriginal people living in British Columbia’s urban centres,” writes executive director for the British Columbia Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres Paul Lacerte. “…Through these projects, we continue to collectively address the regional and local needs of our communities.”

The project will specifically promote skills and training, entrepreneurship, and support Aboriginal women, children and families.

The entire national partnership program comes from the office of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Minister Bernard Valcourt.

“Our government is delivering results for Canadians and supporting measures that will help create jobs and opportunities for urban Aboriginal people,” Minister Valcourt writes. “Aboriginal participation in the economy is key to a more prosperous and vibrant Canada.”

According to 2011 census data, the federal government says 56 per cent of all Aboriginal people in Canada live in urban areas.

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