TORONTO — Ontario’s Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation (MIRR) has announced funding to enable First Nations people to obtain the skills necessary to perform energy-sector jobs in the Bruce Peninsula area.
The Skills Ready Aboriginal People Project is being delivered in partnership with the Huronia Area Aboriginal Management Board (HAAMB), Georgian College and Bruce Power. The MIRR announcement issued Jan. 16 said the program provides academic upgrading and jobsite work experience in the skilled trades, with the objective being to prepare students for entry-level jobs in the energy sector.
The program is currently being offered to members of the Saugeen First Nation and the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation. Georgian College is delivering the 20-week Skills Ready course at its Owen Sound campus. The project’s second intake began on Oct. 31, 2016 and runs until early spring 2017.
HAAMB will receive $248,556 to implement its program through the Aboriginal Economic Development Fund. HAAMB’s partnership with Bruce Power relates to nuclear refurbishment initiatives.