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The Aboriginal Student Support Team from Women Building Futures (from left): Corey Wells, Elaine Cardinal, Corenda Steinhauer and Carla Lamarche.

Ottawa offers funding to support indigenous tradeswomen

Federal funding has been announced for two projects as a way to help advance gender equality in both Alberta and Canada's overall economies.

The Canadian Centre for Women in Science, Engineering, Trades and Technology is receiving $354,128 in funding for a three-year project. The idea behind the funding is to challenge gender bias and stereotypes that are impacting women in the science, engineering, trades and technology sectors, explains a federal government release. A strategy will be developed to address these stereotypes with feedback from industry partners.

Women Building Futures is also receiving $384,000 for a three-year project to support the hiring and retention of indigenous women in the construction, maintenance and oil and gas sectors.

The project will bring together indigenous women, employers and stakeholders to identify barriers and best practices in order to advance participation in these industries, the release continues.

The organization will develop a series of workshops on workplace practices and dynamics as well as make recommendations to employers and industry stakeholders on how to support the success of indigenous women employees.

"Indigenous women have a lot to offer the construction, maintenance and oil and gas industries, but they face unique challenges in trying to access those careers," said Kathy Kimpton, president and CEO
Women Building Futures, in a statement. "This project will identify the systemic barriers faced by indigenous women and work with employers to find solutions."

Story from from the Journal of Commerce and the Alberta Native News

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