Mi’kmaq Confederacy, province join to train adults

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Richard Brown, minister of Workforce and Advanced Learning gets a look at the skills training being done participant Remanda Mitchell, right, while Chief Matilda Ramjattan, Lennox Island First Nation looks on.

Lennox Island residents upgrade skills to help get jobs

LENNOX ISLAND – The P.E.I. government is working with the Mi’kmaq Confederacy to offer essential skills training and high-school graduation courses to adult learners on Lennox Island.

The 12-week program, delivered by Workplace Learning, began at the end of January with 12 participants.

It runs to the end of April.

Through the training, adults increase their skills through a flexible in-class learning model for eight weeks, followed by a four-week work placement in the private sector. It gives participants insight into the skills needed to succeed in the workplace, preparing them to enter the labour market, said a statement issued this week announcing the program.

Participant Remanda Mitchell said she finds it helpful for upgrading her skills, getting new skills and improving her literacy.

“We are very fortunate to have programs like this one offered to the community of Lennox Island," said Chief Matilda Ramjattan of the Lennox Island First Nation. "Individuals are preparing to enter into the labour market, advance in their present employment, or continue on to further education."

The program is coordinated by the P.E.I. Department of Workforce and Advanced Learning.

Funding comes through SkillsPEI, with help from the Canada-PEI Labour Market Development Agreement. The Master Packaging Foundation is also assisting.

Organizations: Lennox Island First Nation, PEI Department, Irving Foundation

Geographic location: LENNOX ISLAND, P.E.I.

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  • Islander
    March 25, 2016 - 08:12

    These wonderful First Nations people were used by the Goverment to rty and get the phonies e-gaming scandal into action. The Government used them and they should be very upset with the Government and demand an Inquiry so their names can be cleared. This Government official in this photo knows quite well what I am talking about.

  • Buddy
    March 24, 2016 - 17:15

    Have they paid the $950,000 Ghiz's loan back yet?