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Program training 40 First Nations people for careers in mining and environmental industries – Thompson Citizen

February 17, 2017

Up to 40 people from God’s Lake Narrows, Opaskwayak Cree Nation, Marcel Colomb Cree Nation and Mosakahiken Cree Nation will receive wilderness safety training through a partnership between the provincial government, Workplace Education Manitoba, University College of the North, the Northern Manitoba Mining Academy and First Nation Mining Economic Development Inc.

The province is spending $170,000 on the program to help prepare indigenous people for mining and environmental industry careers, said Education and Training Minister Ian Wishart in a Feb. 13 press release.

“This training program will help connect indigenous people in the north with well-paying jobs and strengthen indigenous participation in sectors of the economy integral to the region,” said Wishart. “It reaffirms our commitment to provide young people in this province with the tools they need and the hands-on experience necessary to build promising careers.”

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