Media Advisory - Sell Out Forum Connects Saskatchewan Employers to the Aboriginal Workforce

    Saskatchewan Workforce Connex - (Wednesday/Thursday) March 26-27, 2008 -
    Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

    SASKATOON, SK, March 24 /CNW/ -


    Saskatchewan's booming economy and skilled labour shortage has motivated
    over 250 employers, educators, government officials and First Nation and
    Métis employment centres/communities to meet at Saskatchewan Workforce
    Connex, an interactive and results-driven forum designed to create
    training and employment opportunities for Aboriginal people in
    Saskatchewan, with a specific focus on trades and apprenticeship.

    As Saskatchewan's economic prosperity experiences growth, 48 per cent of
    the province's First Nation and Métis people living off-reserve are not
    employed, while many more on-reserve Aboriginal people look for training
    and employment opportunities. An anticipated increase in the unemployment
    rate is likely to intensify as the projected growth of the province's
    Aboriginal population is expected to represent almost 40 per cent of the
    province's youth within 10 years. Saskatchewan's economic players are now
    in an ideal position to do the work that is necessary to advance a
    skilled Aboriginal labour resource that can accelerate economic
    prosperity throughout the province for years to come. Saskatchewan
    Workforce Connex, with a program-base build on group conversations, will
    establish partnerships between labour demand and Aboriginal supply that
    are built on mutual understanding, respect and progress.


    Delta Bessborough
    601 Spadina Crescent East, Saskatoon

    When/Speaker Highlights

    Wednesday - March 26th - 1:00 - 4:30 pm
    -   Honourable June Draude, Minister of First Nations & Métis Relations.
    -   Honourable Rob Norris, Minister Advanced Education, Employment and
    -   Robert Doucette, President, Métis Nation - Saskatchewan.
    -   Vice Chief Guy Lonechild, Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations.
    -   Kelly Lendsay, President and CEO, Aboriginal Human Resource Council.
    -   Labour Market Overview - Skills Shortage, Kevin Kowalchuk, Director
        for Strategic Partnerships, Service Canada.
    -   Promising Practices Panel (Aboriginal Workers Supply) featuring Keith
        Conn, Director General, Aboriginal Affairs Directorate, Human
        Resources and Social Development Canada.

    5:00 pm (Reception)
    -   Welcome - Pat Lorje, Saskatoon City Councillor. Entertainment by the
        Mykal Gambull Band.

    Thursday, March 26, 2008 - 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
    -   Promising Practices Panel (Employer/Training).
    -   Four Aboriginal worker/education success stories.

    Saskatchewan Workforce Connex is hosted by the Aboriginal Human Resource
    Council in cooperation with the Saskatchewan regional advisory committee.
    The forum is funded by the Sector Council Program, Human Resources and
    Social Development Canada, with support from Service Canada, Ministry of
    First Nations and Métis Relations, Office of the Treaty Commissioner and
    Health Canada.

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

For further information:

For further information: Peggy Berndt, Director, Communications and
Marketing, Aboriginal Human Resource Council, (780) 720-1118,, w:

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