As part of the federal economic stimulus package, Canada has introduced the “Aboriginal Skills Employment Training Strategy” to assist with industry based skill development for the Aboriginal labour force. Under the new five-year initiative, First Nations served by PGNAETA will design a local Strategic Framework, which can then be accompanied by yearly operational plans.
The First Nations served by PGNAETA, are situated in the northern interior of British Columbia. Each demonstrates a unique labour market situation and although there are similarities in labour force need, also express unique needs and challenges facing their respective labour forces. Each of the Nations is committed to implementing a progressive approach to achieve advanced skills and serve its citizens by providing services that are equitable, appropriate and relevant to industry and safety certification.
PGNAETA works with each First Nation to develop and design a community based strategy and allocates funds toward the strategy. First Nations are encouraged to seek partnership funding and where practical and feasible, utilize their allocation for leverage funding. One of the priorities identified in the new national program is partnership with industry other federal departments, provincial agencies and
A “Strategic Planning Wheel” has been developed to assist First Nations to correspond to the new ASETS program requirements. Components include:
PGNAETA's purpose is to support the communities of Lake Babine Nation, Kwadacha Nation, Nak'azdli Whut'en, Tl’azt'en Nation and Saik'uz First Nation with a total of 112 childcare seats as part of the grandfather arrangement. The use of incremental funds will support essential upgrades to other First Nation communities operating child care or Aboriginal headstart sites. The incremental funds will also sponsor an Early Childcare Licensing forum. PGNAETA will seek partnership funding from federal and provincial agencies to assist with the cost of the forum.