MEDIA ADVISORY - An Aboriginal Solution to Manitoba's Imminent Skills Shortage

    October 15-16, 2007 - Winnipeg, Manitoba

    WINNIPEG, Oct. 12 /CNW/ -


    Manitoba employers, Aboriginal employment centres/community and
    government officials will meet at Manitoba Workforce Connex, an
    interactive and results-driven forum designed to break down employment
    barriers and create training and employment opportunities for Aboriginal
    people in Manitoba trades and apprenticeship.


    The future of Manitoba's labour supply is expected to begin declining in
    2011 due to a decrease in anticipated population growth. The issue will
    only intensify as projected growth in several sectors of the economy
    begins to take shape. Today Manitoba's economic players are in an ideal
    position to do the preliminary work necessary to ensure a skilled
    workforce is available to meet upcoming demands.


    Monday, October 15, 2007  - 12:30 - 4:30 pm (forum)
    -  6:00 - 7:30 pm (cultural experience)
    Tuesday, October 16, 2007 -  9:00 am - 3:30 pm (forum)


    Winnipeg Convention Centre, 375 York Avenue, Winnipeg


    October 15th
    -   The Honourable Oscar Lathlin, Minister of Aboriginal and Northern
    -   Kelly Lendsay, President and CEO, Aboriginal Human Resource Council
    -   Grand Chief Ron Evans, Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs
    -   Grand Chief Sydney Garrioch, Manitoba Keewatinook Ininew Okimowin
    -   Grand Chief Morris Shannacappo, Southern Chiefs Organization
    -   Market Highlights - John Harper, Government of Manitoba
    -   Real Life Stories of Success:
        -   Rosa Walker, Executive Director, Aboriginal Leadership
            Institute Inc.
        -   Joel Martens, Project Coordinator/Estimator, Bayview
            Construction Ltd.
        -   Suzette Shorting, Quality Control Inspector, Cormer Group
            Industries Ltd.
    -   Keynote - Chief Dennis Meeches, Long Plains First Nation
    -   Evening Cultural Experience

    October 16
    -   Promising Practice Panels (Supply and Demand)


    Manitoba Workforce Connex is hosted by the Aboriginal Human Resource
    Council in cooperation with the Manitoba regional planning committee. The
    forum is funded by the Sector Council Program, Human Resources and Social
    Development Canada and the Manitoba Government with financial support
    from Manitoba Hydro, RBC Financial and Comstock.

                    Media are welcome to visit the forum.
    Telephone and on-site interviews will be made available upon request.

For further information:

For further information: PEGGY BERNDT, Director of Communications and
Marketing, Aboriginal Human Resource Council, tf: (866) 711-5091, p: (780)
968-6728, c: (780) 720-1118, e:, w:

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