The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) is a national advocacy organization representing First Nation citizens in Canada, which includes more than 900,000 people living in 634 First Nation communities and in cities and towns across the country.
First Nation leaders (Chiefs) from coast to coast to coast direct the work of AFN through resolutions passed at Chiefs Assemblies held at least twice a year.
Resource: Aboriginal Skills Training Development Fund
Description of Program/Initiative
BC has committed up to $10M annually for 3 years (FY2015/16-FY2017/18) in new funding in support of Aboriginal skills training, focused primarily on First Nation communities poised to benefit from LNG development, encouraging collaborative partnerships with First Nations, Industry, Federal and provincial governments.
Program is available to communities affected by potential LNG development (along LNG corridor).
Funding is invested on a project by project basis according to a series of considerations, including: Link to regional labour market need; Timing of training linked to available jobs; Number of people trained; Amount of financial request; and Experience of training provider.
Eligible participants can include members who are unemployed, underemployed, receiving social assistance, recent high school graduates, or seeking a career change. (Note: This information taken from media announcements about program offerings.)