The BC government is providing over a half million dollars for Indigenous skills training at both ends of the Highway 16 corridor.
An investment of $244,000 will see up to 36 members of the Haisla Nation will get graduated driver’s license training. Another 14 participants will have access to education upgrading with a focus on literacy.
The programs will delivered by Kitimat Valley Institute.
“Haisla Nation Council is pleased to see this investment made for our members to receive driver’s licence training and education upgrading,” said Crystal Smith, Chief Councillor of the Haisla Nation. “These are crucial skills which will make Haisla members even more competitive in the workforce.”
The Prince George Nechako Aboriginal Employment and Training Association (PGNAETA) will get $300,000 to train up to 44 people from Lheidli T’enneh First Nation and McLeod Lake Indian Band in driver education and foundational trades-training programs.
Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation Minister Scott Fraser says driving and other fundamental skills can open new doors for education and employment.
The government says the programs are designed to fit the needs of the community, are transferrable and will provide new opportunities.