New programs, facilities support trades training for Aboriginal learners in AB, ON

February 22, 2017

Red Deer College in Alberta has launched the Virtual Reality and Co-operative Trades – The Next Generation program, which offers Aboriginal learners the opportunity to develop the practical skills, knowledge, and experience needed for fulfilling careers in welding. “The programming infuses cultural teachings and learnings from the students’ elders with technical and hands-on training, offered through virtual reality welding simulators,” explained RDC President Joel Ward. Meanwhile, Ontario is celebrating the opening of the newly renovated First Nations Trade School at Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School in Thunder Bay. “It'll be really useful because we don't really have a mechanic back in our reserve, so if I learn a lot of stuff, I can help them out over there,” said Soda Kakegamic of the Keewaywin First Nation. The building includes a new manufacturing technology shop; improved ventilation, lighting, and electrical systems for the transportation technology shop; and a new kitchen for the hospitality and tourism classroom. RDC | CBC (ON) | NationTalk (ON)