The BC Government has announced $4 million in new funding aimed at providing LNG-related skills training for First Nations in the Northwest.
The Nisga’a Lisims Path to Employment program will use $2.1 million of the funding to provide training, work experience, and entry to trades apprenticeships for 215 participants from Nisga’a communities over the next three years.
Another $1.6 million will fund an environmental stewardship technicians training program over the next three years.
It will go to 48 people from up to 13 First Nations communities on the central and north coast as well as Haida Gwaii.
The training will include environmental monitoring of fish, fish habitat, water, lands, and construction sites as well as inventories of archaeological features.
The government says $300,000 will go toward the creation of a Gitanyow First Nation Employment and Training Institute,
The province says it will develop and deliver a range of skills as well as funding for 15 Gitanyow members to receive accredited training.
The three programs are being funded through the BC government’s $30 million Aboriginal Skill Training Development Fund.