First Nations youth access individualized skills, career training

August 13, 2014

First Nations youth and communities are celebrating the Enhanced Service Delivery (ESD) program, a federally funded program that brings individualized support and skills training to Aboriginal youth ages 18–24. The goal of the program is to reduce reliance on income assistance by removing barriers to employment and providing tailored skills training and career counselling. The program is being delivered to more than 4,000 Aboriginal youth across Canada. Youth participants from Seabird Island and affiliated First Nations, Okanagan Nation, Meadow Lake Tribal Council, and the Blood Tribe have recently spoken of the success they are having with the program, and the benefits of having a dedicated counsellor to support them in various ways. “Seabird Island Band believes in the success of our people and empowering our members to achieve independence. With help from Enhanced Service Delivery, our youth and young adults are achieving self-sufficiency through employment, reducing the dependency on income assistance and positively impacting our community,” said Chief Clem Seymour. Agassiz-Harrison Observer | Chilliwack Progress | Canada News Release (1) | Canada News Release (2) | Canada News Release (3) | ESD Video