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SOURCE Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
Minister hears from youth as they progress towards employment.
CALGARY, July 4, 2014 /CNW/ - Today, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Minister Bernard Valcourt and Parliamentary Secretary Mark Strahl met with youth from the Blood Tribe who are taking part in the Harper Government's program aimed at reducing reliance on Income Assistance by providing job readiness support. They heard about the progress youth are making towards gaining the skills and training they need to successfully transition to the workforce.
The Blood Tribe currently has 622 youth undertaking Enhanced Service Delivery, which supports First Nations in identifying individuals' employment needs and to assist in overcoming barriers to employment and establishes a plan to overcome them. The goal: connecting youth with jobs. On January 31, 2014, the Government announced that nearly 4,000 First Nation youth from across Canada will participate in an effort to reduce reliance on Income Assistance.
By investing in jobs and skills training for First Nation youth, the Government of Canada is taking concrete steps to help build more prosperous, self-sufficient First Nation communities.
"Our Government, First Nation parents, leaders and youth all agree: Aboriginal youth should have the same opportunities as all Canadians to find, keep and enjoy the benefits of a good job. I was pleased to hear directly from youth from the Blood Tribe how our Government job readiness support is working for them, and to receive their feedback on the progress they are making."
Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development
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