Doig River First Nation receives funding for pipeline, wildlife training programs

The province is contributing $144,000 in funding to train members of the Doig River First Nation in pipeline craftsmanship and wildlife monitoring.

The funds have already helped trained 10 members in pipeline craftsmanship, with eight employed with Surerus Pipeline on the $235-million Plateau pipeline project, according to the province.

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"This community-based skills training project is successfully connecting Doig River First Nations members to good jobs in the resource sector and helping to build a better future for all of us," Doig River Chief Trevor Makahaday said in a statement.

The training programs will support 21 Doig members, according the province. The pipeline training is conducted in Fort St. John by Ready4Work Industry Training, while the University of Northern British Columbia will lead the wildlife monitoring certificate program in the Doig community.

The funding is being provided through the province's $30-million Aboriginal Skills Training Development Fund.

John Rustad, Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation -

"This project will provide Doig River First Nation participants with the training needed to work as skilled, certified and safe natural gas pipeline construction workers and wildlife monitors who maintain the safety of crews working in wilderness environments, and keep them aware of the wildlife around them," provincial Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation Minister John Rustad said in a statement.

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