First Feather program gives QC Indigenous community job experience, confidence

October 18, 2017

This year, the QC Naskapi community of Kawawachikamach took part in the First Feather Skills Development Program in an effort to tackle the repairs and updates that have historically required a contractor to come into the community. The First Feather program is an eight-week course that brings an instructor into the community to train local people in repairs and basic maintenance. A CBC article highlights the barriers that the community overcame in their journey to offer the program, such as ensuring that the program would fit the funding rules for training and education. “I can say the program is very successful,” said James Pien, director of public works for Kawawachikamach. “It is providing skills to several individuals and they feel confident that they can enter into the workforce in construction.” CBC