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Canada announces Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy


November 4, 2009
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The Government of Canada’s Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy (ASETS) focuses on three strategic priorities, including supporting demand-driven skills development, fostering partnerships with the private sector and the provinces/territories, and emphasizing accountability and results.

ASETS replaces the Aboriginal Human Resources Development Strategy, and
will be put in place April 2010. The government says it is holding
informal meetings with partners across the country to discuss how ASETS
will build a “strong and vibrant Aboriginal workforce as a key
component of the Framework for Aboriginal Economic Development”.

The Government’s Economic Action Plan created opportunities for
Aboriginal workers through skills development and training. Support for
Aboriginal labour market programs includes $100 million for the
Aboriginal Skills and Employment Partnership and $75 million for the
Aboriginal Skills and Training Strategic Investment Fund.