PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – The BC government is giving $320,022 to the Prince George Nechako Aboriginal Employment and Training Association that will study labour market trends, as well as needs, including future LNG opportunities, for 10 First Nations communities in the region.
The following groups will collaborate together on the project: Cheslatta Carrier Nation, Lheidli T’enneh Band, McLeod Lake Band, Nadleh Whut’en Band, Nak’azdli Band, Saik’uz First Nation, Stellat’en First Nation, Takla Lake First Nation, Tl’azt’en Nation and Yekooche First Nation, as well as any other communities that choose to participate.
The project will be employing a co-ordinator, a research assistant and field interviewers.
The strategy will include current and projected labour market needs, information on the current composition of the Aboriginal workforce, identification of training and education needs and strategies to meet labour market needs now and in the future. It will also create Aboriginal human resource development programs within each community.
Once the report is complete, which should be around October, it will be shared with the communities that participated in the project.
The money for the project is provided through the Labour Market Partnership stream of the Community and Employer Partnerships program.
Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour, and MLA for Prince George-Valemount says it is very important to maintain close ties with First Nations.
“It is critical that we work in partnership with First Nations as we grow our economy. This study will give us the information we need to create a labour market strategy to ensure that First Nations are full participants in our economic growth both today and in the future.”