OTTAWA (February 12, 2014) – National Chief of the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples, Betty Ann Lavallée, CD, (Ret’d) issued the following statement regarding measures introduced in the 2014 Federal Budget.
“The Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy is one of the key programs that will help our off-reserve Aboriginal Youth get the skills training they need to fill Canada’s workforce shortages,” stated National Chief Lavallée. “With the ever growing Aboriginal population moving off-reserve, it is even more important that the government dedicate additional investments toward skills training to help them find jobs in the workforce.”
“I am also pleased to see that the government remains committed to the Skills and Partnership Fund in order that we can continue to develop economic partnerships with businesses and employers that provide training-to-employment opportunities for Aboriginal Peoples living off-reserve,” added National Chief Lavallée.
Budget Highlights 2014:
- $350 million per year through the Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy to Aboriginal organizations to provide training and employment services to Aboriginal Peoples
- $210 million over five years through the Skills and Partnership Fund announced in 2010 to provide Aboriginal peoples with project-specific training that responds to the demands of the Canadian labour market
- $25 million over 5 years to continue efforts to reduce violence against Aboriginal Women and girls
“I look forward to sitting down with federal government officials to discuss the importance of developing and expanding the successful programs that the Congress delivers throughout Canada on behalf of Aboriginal peoples living off-reserve,” concluded National Chief Lavallée. “The economic return for Canada through these types of targeted investments would be remarkable.”
Since 1971, the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (formerly known as the Native Council of Canada) has been the National Representative Organization and the National Voice for the constituency and their Affiliate Organizations making up the Congress’ family of advocates for the off-reserve, non-Status, and Status Indians, Métis and Southern Inuit living in urban, rural remote and isolated areas throughout Canada. Today, over 75% of Aboriginal Peoples live off-reserve.
To arrange an interview with the National Chief Lavallée, contact:
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Director of Communications
Congress of Aboriginal Peoples