Industry Supports MNA Labour Market Development Initiatives

    FORT MCMURRAY, AB, June 15 /CNW/ - Industry officials and Métis community
leaders from Local 1935 gathered in support of the Métis Nation of Alberta's
(MNA) Labour Market Development program (LMD) June 13, 2007 in Fort McMurray.
    The event, with 100 people in attendance, was an awards banquet held in
conjunction with the program's annual conference and was sponsored by
Devon Canada, Encana, Keyano College, North American Oil Sands, Syncrude and
Trans Canada Pipelines.
    "I think it's wonderful that these organizations are taking such an
active interest in our LMD program," MNA President Audrey Poitras said. "We
have always believed that industry can take an active role in encouraging and
helping develop the Aboriginal labour force by becoming committed partners and
directing appropriate initiatives and resources to this process."
    The highlight of the evening was when three former LMD clients spoke to
the crowd about how the MNA helped them pursue their education and training
goals; Armie Tremblay, a second year Millwright apprentice; Michael Jakeman, a
law graduate who recently opened his own law practice in Fort McMurray; and,
Jennifer Simms, who completed the program for heavy equipment operators and
recently accepted a job at Albian Sands (the same company employing Tremblay).
    "Tomorrow everything should be signed and completed and I will officially
be a part of the team at Albian Sands as a heavy equipment operator," Simms
said. "And I owe it all to the many people in this room. I can't thank you
    Simms specifically thanked Keyano College, the MNA and Albian Sands for
supporting the co-op program she took part in.
    The MNA Director of Labour Market Development, Lorne Gladue, said he
wanted to "express sincere thanks to the Board of Local 1935 and their
President Bill Louttit for the welcoming BBQ and overall general support of
LMD program in the Wood Buffalo region."

    The LMD program's focus is developing and implementing labour market
strategies for Métis people in Alberta and in addressing the increasingly
acute labour market shortages in many sectors of our economy across the

For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Monique Devlin, Métis Nation of
Alberta, Phone: (780) 455-2200, Cell: (780) 490-8188, Email:

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