The Treaty 8 Tribal Association is receiving $134,000 in B.C. government funding that will go towards a labour market study to help band members take advantage of economic development in the region, including liquefied natural gas, the province announced in December.
A consultant will draw up a five-year action plan and study that will outline what skills will be needed in the future, what skills industry currently needs, and how employers can meet their labour needs through local hiring.
“The Treaty 8 Tribal Association is pleased to participate in the Labour Market Partnership and to present opportunities to First Nations in skills and training that will lead to long-term employment,” said Marlene Greyeyes, Treaty 8 Tribal Association project holder, in a release.
The 43-week long project will culminate in a report, which will be released in August of 2015.
There are five Treaty 8 Tribal Association member bands that are participating in the project: Doig River First Nation, Halfway River First Nation, Prophet River First Nation, Salteau First Nations, and West Moberly First Nations.
The province said that other Treaty 8 bands would be invited.
“Treaty 8 First Nations will play a very important part in supplying workers to help with the labour shortages that our area is going to see in the near and distant future,” said Pat Pimm, the Peace River North MLA.
“This report will go a long ways to identifying the areas that need to be strengthened so that we can all take advantage of these benefits.”
This funding comes from the province’s Labour Market Partnership program, which attempts to prepare local employers, employee and employer associations and communities for the future by developing ways to deal with worker shortages or changes in the job market. This year and next year has seen the ministry promise to invest $331 million in such programs.
Besides First Nations bands and tribal councils, other groups that are eligible for this funding are businesses, nonprofit organizations, Crown corporations, municipalities, agencies or territorial governments and public health and educational institutions.