VANCOUVER, Dec. 12, 2017 /CNW/ - Today, the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs, congratulated the organizers and participants of Links to Learning 2017 being held in British Columbia this week. The annual technical training forum brings together economic development and land management officers from First Nations across the province to network and share expertise on building healthy, thriving communities.
Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada provided $285,000 for the event in partnership with the Council for Advancement of Native Development Officers and the National Aboriginal Lands Managers Association, and a number of other Indigenous organizations.
"The Government of Canada is committed to working in partnership with Indigenous peoples toward prosperous and healthy communities. We are proud to support the Links to Learning event which will help economic development and land management officers from First Nations across British Columbia to access tools to unlock the full economic development potential of their communities."
The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, M.D., P.C., M.P.
Minister of Crown- Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs
"'Knowledge is Power.' The L2L BC is where you get answers. The agenda is designed to empower First Nation Lands and Economic Development professionals to advance their skills and knowledge, learning new methods and techniques. L2L BC is where you can maximize network opportunities and build economic relationships. An investment you cannot afford to miss!"
A. Leona Irons
National Aboriginal Lands Managers Association
"For our communities, education is the new buffalo, it is the great equalizer to assist us to catch up to the rest of Canada. The BC Links to Learning event brings learners together to take accredited courses, hear fantastic speakers talk about contemporary issues affecting our communities and present possible solutions through the many networking events throughout the 3-days of the learning symposium."
Council for Advancement of Native Development Officers
- The first Links to Learning technical training forum was held in 2013. 200 participants are expected to participate in 29 workshops during this year's forum.
- Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada has provided approximately $3.7 million to BC First Nations and Indigenous organizations in 2017 for lands and economic development capacity building.
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