Canada invests over $500,000 to support Next Generation of Indigenous Middle Class Workers

Canada has made an investment of over $500,000 in the First People’s Innovation Centre’s “FabLab ONAKI” empowerment and socio-professional integration of Aboriginal youth program.

This investment is helping 36 Indigenous youth in Gatineau overcome barriers to employment and develop the skills and knowledge necessary to make a successful transition into the labour market or return to school.

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The YESS will provide more flexible employment services and enhanced supports for all young Canadians. It will help youth develop the skills and gain the experience they need to successfully transition into the labour market and ensure that no one is left behind.

Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, the Honourable Patty Hajdu said, “The new Youth Employment and Skills Strategy builds on the success of the Youth Employment Strategy to support the next generation of the middle class. Young Canadians are talented, ambitious and hard-working, but getting a strong start in the workforce can be challenging for many. The new Strategy will make it easier for young people to transition from the classroom to the workforce, including those facing barriers. It is part of our plan to ensure that everyone has a fair chance at success.”

FabLab ONAKI General Manager, co-founder of the First People’s Innovation Centre, Céline Auclair said, “The ONAKI FabLab helps to bring out the full potential of young Indigenous people, especially young people who have dropped out of school. The FabLab makes it possible to start with raw talent and offers opportunities for this talent to emerge.”

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The YESS has been modernized to respond to recommendations made by the Expert Panel on Youth Employment to deliver a wider range of programs to help youth overcome barriers to employment and gain the skills, abilities and work experience needed to get a strong start in their careers.

The modernized strategy will aim to offer more flexible services, broadened eligibility, and enhanced supports for youth facing barriers to employment tailored to address each individual’s challenges.