Algonquin receives $2.5M to lead pandemic-related training program for Indigenous youth

December 11, 2020
Algonquin College, through $2.5M in COVID-19-related funding from the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment and Skills Strategy, will be leading a program to help up to 275 Indigenous youth gain hands-on training and employment skills related to the pandemic. Algonquin will fund a number of organizations that will support Indigenous youth across Canada through training and development programs and work placement on projects that generally reflect community response to the pandemic. “This is a welcome opportunity at a very difficult time for everyone,” said Ron (Deganadus) McLester, Algonquin Vice President of Truth, Reconciliation & Indigenization. “It is quite interesting and very telling that half of the partner communities are focussing on sustainability and food security, reflecting a very real need on First Nations.” Algonquin (ON)