Canada has a deep history of inequity — and about $8 million in funding to help Indigenous youths gain skills and training to start successful careers is one way of changing this past, says Patty Hajdu.
Upwards of 260 Indigenous youth in Niagara and across southern Ontario will receive a leg up in overcoming barriers to job training and employment over the next four years, thanks to an $8-million boost from the federal government.
A group of students from Niagara College’s Journey to Success Healthcare program were centre stage at a funding announcement by the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour on October 25, aimed at helping to level the playing field for Indigenous youth.
Hundreds of young Indigenous adults in Niagara and some other southern Ontario regions will get access to hands-on skills training in in-demand trades and sectors while helping to build a dozen new affordable homes for Niagara families as part of two multimillion-dollar federal investments unveiled on Wednesday.
Hundreds of Indigenous youths from throughout southern Ontario are being offered new opportunities, as a result of teamwork between an Indigenous organization, the federal government and community partnerships.