VANCOUVER – The BC Métis Federation (BCMF) has signed a new partnership agreement with the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA).
The agreement commits both groups to shared goals for training and employment opportunities for Métis in British Columbia and in increasing the number of Métis in the trades across B.C.
The latest data from the Industry Training Authority said the LIUNA Training PLUS (Professional Labourers’ Union School) is the fourth largest sponsor of Indigenous apprentices in B.C. in its category. Training PLUS has 47 per cent Indigenous apprentices, a LIUNA and BCMF release stated.
“This partnership is so important for Métis members and partner communities to have access to all sectors of the construction industry and trades. I believe this partnership will be mutually beneficial for years to come and am looking forward to working closely with LIUNA to secure great jobs and futures for our members,” said BCMF director of industry engagement Greg Mazur in a statement.
Under the agreement BCMF will maintain a list of eligible and ready-to-work Métis people for current and future construction work and BCMF members are encouraged to submit their resume to the federation’s co-ordinator for inclusion in the initiative, the release said.
“We are committed to truth and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. As one of the most diverse labour unions in the building trades, LIUNA recognizes the rights and interests of Métis people to work, advance and excel in the B.C. construction sector,” added LIUNA Local 1611 business manager and secretary-treasurer Nav Malhotra.
“We will lead the way in removing longstanding barriers so that support, training and often life-changing career opportunities are prioritized for Métis people.”
More information is available at the BC Métis Federation job board.