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Government of Canada helps create jobs and opportunities for Aboriginal people in British Columbia

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TERRACE, BC, Feb. 17, 2014

Minister Kenney announces support to help Aboriginal people get training as welders, electricians and pipefitters

TERRACE, BC, Feb. 17, 2014 /CNW/ - The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development and Minister for Multiculturalism, today announced federal government support to help Aboriginal people in British Columbia get the skills they need to land well-paying jobs in the resource sector. Minister Kenney also highlighted Economic Action Plan 2014 measures to ensure Canadians have the skills employers require for available jobs.

The Government of Canada will provide over $6.1 million to the Pacific Trail Pipelines Aboriginal Skills and Employment Partnership Training Society to train 780 Aboriginal people in British Columbia. The Training Society will partner with the private sector to help Aboriginal people gain skills for occupations in demand in the energy sector including welders, electricians and pipefitters. Minister Kenney highlighted how the energy sector is building ambitious projects, many of which are literally in the backyards of Aboriginal communities. This represents a tremendous opportunity for Canada's Aboriginal people and helps address skills shortages in British Columbia.

Minister Kenney also highlighted the Government of Canada's recent agreement with the Assembly of First Nations on improving education for First Nations children on reserves. This announcement marks an historic milestone for First Nations and all Canadians as we move forward with legislation so that First Nations children across Canada have access to a quality education and can participate fully in Canada's prosperous future.

Quick facts

•The Pacific Trail Pipelines Aboriginal Skills and Employment Partnership Training Society will help over 780 Aboriginal people train for jobs such as heavy equipment operators, electricians, welders and pipefitters to support pipeline construction and operations in northern B.C.

•Aboriginal communities are seeing meaningful benefits from resource development across Canada. The natural resource industry currently supports 31 000 Aboriginal jobs—making natural resources the largest employer of Aboriginal people in Canada.

•The Research Universities' Council of B.C predicts that by 2020 there will be a shortage of 19 000 qualified workers in B.C.

Quotes

"The Government of Canada's top priorities are creating jobs, economic growth and long-term prosperity. Our government is helping Aboriginal people get the skills and training they need to secure meaningful employment and build better futures for themselves and their families."

- The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development and Minister for Multiculturalism

"PTP ASEP Training Society is built on the foundation of partnerships with the client, Chevron, Apache, the LNG Terminal Project, the PTP Pipeline Project as well as First Nations, federal and provincial governments. The partnerships create unique opportunities to really support clients and develop a strong First Nations Trades labour force. It truly is a game changer."

- Diane Collins, Executive Director, PTP ASEP Training Society

"Chevron believes in creating economic benefits and employment in the communities where we operate. The Pacific Trail Pipeline Limited Partnership between Chevron, Apache and 15 First Nations along the proposed natural gas pipeline route is unique in western Canadian resource development. Today's announcement will provide even more opportunities for First Nations in northern B.C. to participate in the Kitimat LNG and Pacific Trail Pipeline projects and to share the benefits it will generate through the skills training, education and employment opportunities offered through Pacific Trail Pipelines Aboriginal Skills and Employment Partnership."

- Alan Dunlop, Vice President of Chevron Canada Limited and General Manager of the Kitimat LNG project

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