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Skills Ontario marks National Indigenous Peoples Day

Skills Ontario marks National Indigenous Peoples Day

TORONTO — Skills Ontario is recognizing National Indigenous Peoples Day in Canada today (June 21), a day for all Canadians to celebrate the heritage, diverse cultures and achievements of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples.

Skills Ontario delivers programming to Indigenous youth through support from the Government of Ontario, Algoma Workforce Investment Corporation, Bruce Power, CBRE, Enbridge, Grand River Employment and Training, Hydro One, North Shore Tribal Council, Bruce-Grey Catholic DSB, Rainbow DSB, Fanshawe College, TC Energy, Cambrian College, WSPS, and Ontario Power Generation, indicates a release. The 2023 First Nations, Métis and Inuit Student Conference will take place with sponsorship from Pomerleau.

First Nations, Métis, and Inuit initiatives put on by Skills Ontario 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.

“In acknowledgement of National Indigenous Peoples Day, 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. We look forward to offering even more opportunities and learning experiences in the future.”

“As a Métis woman, I know firsthand the importance of representation in the work that Skills Ontario does,” said Brittany Raymond, First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Initiatives program manager at Skills Ontario, in a statement. “I am proud that we are able to celebrate the successes, skills, and achievements of Indigenous peoples year-round, and especially during National Indigenous Peoples Day.”

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