Personalized skills training will be delivered to First Nations youth
(ages 18-24) in five First Nations in Quebec.
SASKATOON, Jan. 31, 2014 /CNW/ - More than 240 young First Nation adults
in Quebec will be connected to skills training and jobs thanks to the
Government of Canada's new initiative to improve on-reserve Income
Assistance. These investments will provide personalized supports to
First Nations youth as they secure the tools needed to find meaningful
employment and reduce their reliance on income assistance.
In Quebec, the Listuguj Mi'gmaq Government, Innu Takuaikan Uashat mak
Mani-Utenam, Mohawk Council of Kahnawake, Atikamedkw de Manawan and the
Conseil des Montagnais du Lac-St-Jean-Mashteuiatsh will be implementing
the new Enhanced Service Delivery in six First Nation communities. All
of the five of First Nations communities are participating at the
request of their local First Nations leadership. These organizations
will be working with Commission de développement des ressources
humaines des Premières Nations du Québec to provide on-reserve First
Nations youth ages 18-24 with personalized assessments and job training
This is part of the over $19.4 million in funding being provided this
year by the Government of Canada to 22 Tribal Councils, First Nations
and First Nation organizations to begin work in 70 First Nation
communities across the country, providing support to young First
Nations income assistance clients. A total of 22 pairs of joint
proposals (22 Enhanced Service Delivery and 11 First Nations Job Fund)
were approved. Together these organizations will ensure that eligible
income assistance clients have access to necessary training through the
newly created First Nations Job Fund.
An integral component of the Enhanced Service Delivery initiative is
case management. Case-workers will work with individuals to identify
barriers to employment and to develop a personalized plan to address
This announcement represents the next steps in the implementation of the
Economic Action Plan 2013 commitment to invest $241 million over four years to connect First
Nations youth between the ages of 18 and 24 to skills training and
This approach builds on the success of recent pilot projects and partnerships being undertaken across Canada, where the Government
of Canada has been working with the provincial governments, First
Nations and the private sector to link First Nations Income Assistance
clients with training and jobs.
These initiatives will begin over the course of the coming months across
the country, as First Nations communities lead the effort to work with
their youth on jobs and prosperity.
First Nation youth will have access to a range of services and programs
aimed at increasing their job prospects and supporting them as they
move into the workforce, including: basic life-skills training, skills
training and career counseling.
"Our Government continues to take concrete steps to create the
conditions for more prosperous, self-sufficient First Nation
communities. Investing in jobs and skills training will lead to greater
First Nation participation in the economy, healthier First Nation
communities and a stronger Canada."
Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development
"I am pleased that the Commission de développement des resources
humaines des Premières Nations du Québec, which serves five First
Nations communities in Quebec, is taking part in this exciting new
program. Under the improved Income Assistance program, young First
Nations income assistance clients will have access to greater services
and training that will increase their job prospects and support them as
they find their way into the province's workforce."
Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of
Quebec, and Member of Parliament, Roberval—Lac-Saint-Jean, Quebec
"Listuguj is looking forward to a continued working relationship with
AANDC to adequately address and prevent barriers to employment for
Listuguj's Mi'gmaq youth on Income Assistance. Together we can meet the
changing needs of Canada's job market and the needs of Listuguj's young
Dean Vicaire, Chief
Listuguj Mi'gmaq Government
"Support for the development of skills, employability and
entrepreneurship is a priority for us. We believe that the Enhanced
Service Delivery initiative will support our efforts to give the
targeted youth a hand up, as it will help provide tailored follow-up
and personalized guidance to target employment action strategies."
Gilbert Dominique, Chief
"We are pleased that we have been able to access this program that helps
us to find quicker, more efficient solutions in certain situations.
There are many instances where the gap between assessment, training and
job placement has been problematic. This project has made it simpler to
get from start to finish, with a greater chance of success."
Bobby Patton, Chief
Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke
Backgrounder - Improved On-Reserve Income Assistance Program
Backgrounder - Income Assistance: Perspectives on Active Measures
SOURCE: Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
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Office of the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development
Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
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