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Northern Aboriginal Friendship Centres to get funding for skills training

The province has announced $2-million in funding over three years in a skills training program for urban Aboriginals in northern BC.

The project will be administered by the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres as part of the group’s Five by Five Aboriginal Jobs Strategy.

The program will target urban, off-reserve Aboriginals living in potential LNG areas of Prince Rupert, Prince George, Fort St. John, Dawson Creek, Fort Nelson, Terrace and Smithers, and includes members of surrounding First Nations who live or access resources off-reserve.

The project will establish Five by Five employment centres in seven Aboriginal Friendship Centres across the north.

The centres will act as hubs that connect people to employment-related services.

The project is funded through BC’s Aboriginal Skills Training Development Fund.

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