KITIKMEOT INUIT ASSOCIATION MAKES $300,000 IN FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR INUIT EMPLOYMENT TRAINING IN THE NORTHERN MINING SECTOR
(Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, October 4, 2012) Mr. Charlie Evalik, President of the Kitikmeot Inuit Association (KIA) is pleased to announce that the KIA has formed a partnership with the NWT Mine Training Society (NWT MTS) that will organize and deliver mine-related training in the Kitikmeot region of Nunavut. As part of this partnership, KIA has made available to the training partnership, a minimum of $300,000 of its own funds to be spent over the next three years. It is anticipated that these funds will be matched with cash and in-kind contributions provided by government and industry.
President Evalik stated, “KIA recognizes the importance of the mining sector to our region’s current and future economy. We view this promising sector with the hope that it can help our communities by providing well paid jobs for our young people. However, the mining industry demands highly skilled workers who are equipped with the education and training necessary to take on work in 21st century mines. This partnership with the NWT Mine Training Society will go a long way in bridging the skills gap for Inuit in the Kitikmeot.”
KIA’s partnership with the NWT MTS is a natural fit given that two of the Society’s key industry members, Diavik Diamond Mine Inc. and BHP Billiton also have existing relationships and agreements with KIA. As well, the NWT MTS has previously delivered training in the Kitikmeot. “Our Board of Directors is happy to be working with the Kitikmeot Inuit Association. While we have worked together in the past, this new partnership initiative will go a long way in helping the Inuit of the Kitikmeot to obtain the skills necessary to obtain employment in the Mining Sector” states Hilary Jones, General Manager, Mine Training Society, “and I personally appreciate the collaborative approach shown by all parties.”
KIA also continues to support the establishment of a Nunavut Mine Training Organization and hopes that such an agency can be established in the near future to deliver training to all Nunavummiut.
About the Kitikmeot Inuit Association
Established in 1976, the Kitikmeot Inuit Association is a non-profit society designated as one of the three Regional Inuit Associations created under the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement. The KIA represents all Inuit beneficiaries in the five communities and two unincorporated settlements of the Kitikmeot Region.
The KIA’s mandate is to represent the interests of Kitikmeot Inuit by protecting and promoting their social, cultural, political, environmental and economic well-being. As part of its mandate, KIA facilitates employment training opportunities for its beneficiaries. KIA administers HRSDC’s Aboriginal Skills and Employment Strategy (ASETS) in the Kitikmeot Region.
About the Mine Training Society
The NWT Mine Training Society is a unique partnership comprised of mining company, community, Aboriginal, and GNWT representatives. The role of MTS is to support Aboriginal people and northerners in finding long-term employment in the mining sector.
The mandate of the NWT Mine Training Society is to screen, select, train and place northerners in mining jobs and to build a legacy of education and awareness about the employee and skill needs of the mining industry, in co-operation with the communities and education system of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.
Since its inception in 2004, NWT Mine Training Society has trained more than 1300 northerners for jobs in the mining industry, and has facilitated employment for more than 770.
For further information, please contact:
President, Kitikmeot Inuit Association
P.O. Box 18
Cambridge Bay, NU