BC links Aboriginal students to jobs through community-based partnerships

February 22, 2017

British Columbia’s Ministry of Advanced Education has announced that it is funding partnerships to connect Aboriginal students with education and training programs in their communities. Funded initiatives include partnerships between the University of Northern British Columbia and the Tsilhqot’in National Government, College of New Caledonia and the Saik’uz First Nation, and Justice Institute of British Columbia and the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre and Metro Vancouver Aboriginal Executive Council. These programs provide Aboriginal learners with workplace skills such as basic computer literacy, along with job-specific skills for sectors such as construction, tourism, and education. Overall, the program is providing $9.6M to support a total of 28 partnerships between 29 Aboriginal communities and 14 public postsecondary institutions in 2016-17. BC