The provincial government is investing $244,000 to support up to 36 members from the Haisla Nation as they progress through graduated driver’s licence training.
Another 14 participants will also have access to education upgrading courses with a focus on literacy, and training is being delivered by the Kitimat Valley Institute in both Kitimat and Kitamaat Village.
“Haisla Nation Council is pleased to see this investment made for our members to receive driver’s licence training and education upgrading,” said Haisla chief councillor Crystal Smith. “These are crucial skills which will make Haisla members even more competitive in the workforce.”
Provincial Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation Scott Fraser said driving and other fundamental skills open doors for education and employment for Indigenous people.
“Providing access to skills training and upgrading in collaboration with Indigenous communities is a priority for our government, and one of the ways we are supporting reconciliation in action,” said Fraser.
“Our government is ensuring Indigenous people are ready to engage in the workforce and build thriving careers to support themselves and their families,” said Melanie Mark, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training. “The training provided will provide skills and accreditation designed to fit the needs of the community and help further education.”
She said the programs are designed to provide education and skills that fit the needs of the community, are transferrable and will provide new opportunities for jobs, careers and further education.