Treaty 8 Tribal Association bands now have labour-market strategy

FORT ST. JOHN, BC – The BC government announced today that Treaty 8 Tribal bands now have a five-year community-specific labour-market strategy.

The goal is to help members take advantage of current and future economic development opportunities.

The project was given a total of $116,000 in funding from the Labour Market Partnership stream of the Community and Employer Partnerships program.

Doig River, Halfway River, Prophet River, Saulteau and West Moberly First Nations all participated in the project.

The project included many different meetings and steps. A skills and employment assessment, as well as interviews, roundtables and surveys with First Nations, local training institutions and businesses were all completed.

This will help Treaty 8 First Nations communities fill local labour-force needs.

Pat Pimm, MLA for Peace River North says the government continues to look forward to working with Treaty 8.

“This project has identified skills training close to home as an important way of addressing labour-market needs and the barriers faced by Aboriginal workers. We look forward to continuing to work with Treaty 8 First Nations to achieve that goal.”

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