The federal and provincial governments Thursday announced new funding for skills development and job training targeted at Aboriginal job seekers in Saskatchewan.
Through the Skills and Partnership Fund, the Harper government will help 800 Aboriginal people find jobs by investing more than $7.9 million in Northern Career Quest for training to work in the mining industry.
The Saskatchewan government will invest a further $1.5 million in the project through the Ministry of the Economy.
Northern Career Quest will provide Aboriginal residents of Saskatchewan with classroom and on-site training and work experience in the mining industry. Over two years, 800 participants will be trained in high-demand positions such as mining technicians, heavy equipment operators, welders or office administrators.
Industry partners, including Cameco, Areva and Northlands College, are also funding part of the program.