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Mike Announces Funding for the Trade Winds to Success Project Monday, 26 May 2008

EDMONTON - On May 23, 2008, Mike announced funding for an Aboriginal Skills and Employment Partnership (ASEP) project on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development.  The funding is expected to provide Aboriginal participants with the skills development, support, and training that they need to strengthen links to employment.

Speaking at the Boilermakers Dispatch Hall in Edmonton, Mike announced that the Government of Canada will contribute up to $4.5 million for the Trade Winds to Success project.

“The Government is committed to ensuring that Aboriginal people have access to the skills and tools they need to find and keep good quality jobs,” he said.  “By partnering with industry, Aboriginal communities and the Government of Alberta, the Government of Canada is helping to create new opportunities that will lead to lasting benefits for Aboriginal people, their communities, and their families.”

The Trade Winds to Success project will provide Aboriginal participants with career decision-making skills, pre-apprenticeship interventions, and personal and academic supports leading to meaningful employment in the trades.  Possible careers include carpenter, boilermaker, ironworker, steam/pipe fitter, and electrician.

“This type of partnership is key to creating greater opportunities for Aboriginal people to participate in and benefit from Alberta’s work force and thriving economy,” said Mr. Hector Goudreau, Minister of Alberta Employment and Immigration.  “Trade Winds to Success supports our commitment to engage people who have been traditionally under-represented in the labour force.”

“With Alberta’s shortage of tradespeople, ASEP not only allows Aboriginal people to obtain gainful employment within several different industries, but it also provides them with an opportunity for a better life for themselves, their families, and their community,” said President Audrey Poitras of the Métis Nation of Alberta.

“Trade Winds to Success is a multi-partner initiative that provides a safe and secure learning path forward for Alberta and Canada’s First Nations people to join in the economic prosperity of our country,” added Mr. Martyn Piper, Chairman of the Board of the Trade Winds for Success Training Society.

In addition to the Government of Canada, Aboriginal organizations, the Union Training Trust Fund, and the Government of Alberta are all partners in this initiative.  The total funding for this project could reach up to $10 million over five years.

The Aboriginal Skills and Employment Partnership is a nationally managed program that provides Aboriginal people with the skills they need to participate in economic opportunities, such as northern mining, oil and gas, and forestry projects across Canada.  ASEP’s overall objective is sustainable employment for Aboriginal people in major economic industries, leading to lasting benefits for Aboriginal communities, families, and individuals.

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