OTTAWA, Feb. 23, 2015 /CNW/ - Today, Bernard Valcourt, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, and James Wilson, President of the Gwich'in Tribal Council signed a Memorandum of Understanding announcing the launch of an innovative new training and development pilot project: the Gwich'in Internship Pilot Project. This initiative will contribute to the conditions that lead to healthier, more self-sufficient and prosperous First Nation communities by creating job training opportunities.
This Pilot Project will provide Gwich'in participants year-long full-time internship positions within Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada and the Gwich'in Tribal Council. The paid internships will prepare Gwich'in participants for jobs in the public service and provide them with professional work experience in a variety of government functions.
The Project demonstrates the Parties' continued commitment to the successful implementation of the Gwich'in Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement and provides valuable opportunities as the Gwich'in Tribal Council negotiates self-government.
- The Gwich'in Internship Pilot Project will provide training and on the job experience for nine Gwich'in participants of the Gwich'in Comprehensive Land Claims Agreement. They will receive year-long full-time employment opportunities through paid work assignments with Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada and the Gwich'in Tribal Council, who will both accept three interns each year, beginning in September 2015.
- The Gwich'in Internship Pilot Project will enable the Gwich'in Tribal Council to employ trained experienced staff to implement its land claim agreement and to operate its governance institutions.
- Interested Gwich'in participants are encouraged to contact the Gwich'in Tribal Council office for more information.
"Our Government is pleased to work together with the Gwich'in Tribal Council to support Gwich'in participants in the implementation of the Gwich'in Land Claims Agreement and in their efforts toward self-government. This agreement will enable the Gwich'in Tribal Council to put trained and experienced staff in place to establish its governance institutions, serve its citizens and build a prosperous future for the communities."
Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development
"This is a very important day for the Gwich'in nation. This pilot project provides meaningful employment opportunities to Gwich'in who want to see their First Nation succeed. Everyone is a winner with this deal."
President, Gwich'in Tribal Council
"This announcement has been 18 months in the making. This is truly an example of what is possible when an aboriginal organization and a government roll up their sleeves and work together."
Vice-President, Gwich'in Tribal Council
Gwich'in Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement
Annual Reports and Implementation Plan for the Gwich'in Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement
Gwich'in Tribal Council
Aboriginal Affairs and Intergovernmental Relations - Government of the Northwest Territories
Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
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