TORONTO — Skills Ontario is marking National Indigenous History Month in Canada.
The month of June is a time for all Canadians to learn about and celebrate the heritage, diverse cultures and achievements of First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, as well to reflect on and recognize reconciliation to address the wrongs of the past, indicates a Skills Ontario release.
The organization supports Indigenous youth communities in a number of ways throughout the year.
Along with its partners, Skills Ontario facilitates First Nations, Métis and Inuit-focused events to bring hands-on learning and mentorship together. In an effort to encourage Indigenous youth to consider the pathways in the skilled trades and technologies, Skills Ontario organizes Career Awareness Workshops, Summer Camps and Trades and Tech Discovery Days.
This summer, Skills Ontario will host camps for Indigenous youth at Centennial College and with Kenjgewgin Teg in M’Chigeeng First Nation.
The First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Student Conference is held in conjunction with the Skills Ontario Competition every May to give Indigenous students the opportunity to hear from Indigenous professionals who have already chosen a career path in the skilled trades and technologies.
Skills Ontario’s First Nations, Métis, and Inuit initiatives engage industry and college partners, small businesses, school boards, and students to connect education, experience and employment. Skills Ontario offers programs to schools, Friendship Centres and Band Offices, states the release.
“In acknowledgement of National Indigenous History Month, Skills Ontario recognizes the importance of celebrating the identities and achievements of Indigenous peoples,” said Ian Howcroft, CEO of Skills Ontario, in a statement. “We are pleased to continue to present opportunities through our First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Initiatives for Indigenous youth to explore the many rewarding pathways in the skilled trades and technologies.”