DAWSON CREEK – The B.C. government is investing $2 million to help Aboriginal students in seven northern communities, including Dawson Creek and Fort St. John, get skills training for in-demand jobs in the LNG sector.

The project, administered by the B.C. Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres, will establish employment centres in Aboriginal Friendship Centres across the north, including one at the Friendship Centre in Dawson Creek and in Fort St. John. The centres will connect urban and off-reserve Aboriginal people to employment-related services and provide a range of pre-employment services that support job readiness for the LNG sector.

“Through this project, more Aboriginal people in the Dawson Creek area will be able to acquire the kind of skills training needed to benefit from jobs in the emerging LNG industry in our region,” Peace River South MLA Mike Bernier said.

“This investment will give more Aboriginal people in the Fort St. John area the chance to enjoy the benefits of LNG-related employment opportunities in our region,” Peace River North MLA Pat Pimm said.

Other centres include Prince Rupert, Prince George, Fort Nelson, Terrace and Smithers. The centres expected to provide skills training to more than 1,000 Aboriginal people across northern B.C. over the next three years.

The project is funded through B.C.’s Aboriginal Skills Training Development Fund. Introduced in 2015, it will provide up to $10 million annually over three years for Aboriginal skills training, primarily in northern B.C.