NESKANTAGA, ON, Aug. 19, 2014 /CNW/ - The grand opening of the
Neskantaga Training Centre was celebrated today in Neskantaga
Territory, Ontario, showcasing the new innovative facility and
collaboration technology which delivers training directly to the remote
The Neskantaga Training Centre is a multi-purpose facility with
construction components designed to be flown into remote communities
and assembled on-site. The centre is outfitted with state of the art
technology, including Cisco TelePresence, high-definition two-way video
communication and collaboration technology, a 70-inch Smart Board, a
70-inch LED HDTV, high-speed satellite broadband connectivity, as well
as individual laptops. The centre directly connects to e-learning tools
and programs to offer a wide variety of curriculum including access to
secondary and post-secondary institutions, safety training courses,
trades and technical certifications. To see the Neskantaga Training
Centre in action, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ASjo4mFVOdQ&feature=youtu.be.
"The partnerships formed to build this facility, along with all of the
hard work, have culminated in a facility that will have a positive
impact on the people of Neskantaga for many years to come," said Chief
Peter Moonias of Neskantaga First Nation during the opening
ceremonies. "This is an integral step in the right direction -
providing access to higher learning directly in our community so that
our youth have the opportunity to succeed."
Aecon, in collaboration with the Matawa First Nations' Kiikenomaga
Kikenjigewen Employment and Training Services (KKETS), led the
Neskantaga Training Centre project team comprised of ATCO Structures &
Logistics, Bell Canada, Cisco Canada, Galaxy Satellite, Operating
Engineers Training Institute of Ontario and Confederation College.
Funded by the Province of Ontario, the Neskantaga Training Centre is
owned and operated by the Matawa First Nations.
"I'm thrilled the province could play a role in this collaborative
project. By improving access to education and training, the Neskantaga
Training Centre will open up new doors to a world of possibilities for
learners in Neskantaga. Everyone involved in this initiative should be
immensely proud," said David Zimmer, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs.
"The development of this innovative concept was made possible through
the collaboration and contributions from best-in-class companies and
organizations that have the combined objective to create a sustainable
solution for training in remote communities," said Teri McKibbon,
Aecon's President and Chief Executive Officer. "Training and education
are keys to success and we are very proud to be a part of bringing such
opportunities to Matawa First Nation communities."
"Bell is proud to be part of the team delivering this innovative
training initiative to the people of Neskantaga," said Geoff Kereluik,
Vice President, Bell Business Markets. "The Neskantaga Training Centre
is a great example of how broadband communications technology can
enable distance learning programs for Canadians in remote communities."
"Cisco Canada strongly believes in the transformation of education
delivery to Canada's most remote communities," said Rick Huijbregts,
Vice President, Smart+Connected Communities, Cisco Canada.
"Leveraging our collaboration technology, we are delighted to join
Aecon and its partners in connecting Neskantaga's youth with the
valuable job skills training they need to play an important role in the
growth and prosperity of their community."
Aecon and KKETS, a Division of Matawa First Nations, entered into a
strategic partnership, starting with a joint commitment to provide
local access to community-based education, trades and apprenticeship
training for First Nations in northern and remote areas surrounding
Ontario's Ring of Fire mining development.
About Matawa First Nation Management
Matawa First Nation Management (MFNM) is a non-profit corporation and
Tribal Council that provides advisory services to its nine member First
Nations of Eabametoong First Nation, Neskantaga First Nation, Marten
Falls First Nation, Nibinamik First Nation, Webequie First Nations,
Constance Lake First Nation, Aroland First Nation, Long Lake # 58 First
Nation, and Ginoogaming First Nation.
About Aecon Group Inc.
Aecon Group Inc. is a Canadian leader in construction and infrastructure
development providing integrated turnkey services to private and public
sector clients. Aecon is pleased to be consistently recognized as one
of the Best Employers in Canada. Visit www.aecon.com for more information.
Bell is Canada's largest communications company, providing consumers and
business customers with wireless, TV, Internet, home phone and business
communications services. Bell Media is Canada's premier multimedia
company with leading assets in television, radio and digital media.
Bell is wholly owned by Montréal's BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE). For more
information, please visit Bell.ca. The Bell Let's Talk initiative promotes Canadian mental health with
national awareness and anti-stigma campaigns, like Clara's Big Ride for
Bell Let's Talk and Bell Let's Talk Day, and significant Bell funding
of community care and access, research, and workplace programs. To
learn more, please visit Bell.ca/LetsTalk.
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to events beyond Aecon's control, there are factors which could cause
actual or future results, performance or achievements to differ
materially from those expressed or inferred herein including, but not
limited to: the timing of the project, unanticipated costs and
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