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Front row, from left: Kwanlin Dün First Nation Chief Doris Bill, Jean-Marc Belanger, Premier Darrell Pasloski, Kerry MacIntosh. Back row, from left to right: Steven Shorty, David George, Carcross/Tagish First Nation Khà Shâde Héni Danny Cresswell, Patrick Gormly and Shane Wally.

Indigenous youth gain skilled trades
experience through Yukon program

A pilot project between the Government of Yukon, Kwanlin Dün First Nation and the Carcross Tagish Management Corporation is helping indigenous youth learn skilled trades and gain employment experience.

Aboriginal youth are constructing small buildings that will be used as retail trailers in the Carcross Commons, part of that community’s broader tourism development goals. The program participants will hone their carpentry skills under the guidance and mentorship of local journeymen.

The Government of Yukon has contributed $250,000 towards the capacity-building project.

“This project encourages greater participation by Aboriginal youth in the Yukon economy and helps address skills shortages in the territory,” Premier Darrell Pasloski said. “Through the construction of the micro retail trailers, participants will gain marketable employment skills. We are pleased to support this exciting initiative.”

The Kwanlin Dün First Nation and Carcross/Tagish First Nation governments have a shared priority of developing a private-sector economy that creates a sustainable flow of jobs and business opportunities for their communities, their citizens and the territory.

“Programs like these not only lay the groundwork for a future career, they help build experienced, employable citizens,” Kwanlin Dün Chief Doris Bill said. “The opportunity to learn while earning a wage to support themselves, and their families, is invaluable. We thank the Yukon government for their support and commitment.”

The idea is to add to the services offered to the 125,000 annual visitors and give more Yukon entrepreneurs a chance to follow their dreams.

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