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Success Story: Putting a female face on aboriginal recruitment in the mining industry

When Yvette Mattawashish was eight, she remembers playing in the ditches along the roads of her native Mistissini, a James Bay Cree reserve 900 kilometres northeast of Ottawa. “I used to crawl in the tunnels they’d dig to put in

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How Essential Skills Training Prepared Cree Participants for the GDT

The Cree Human Resources Development (CHRD) agency collaborated with SkillPlan to prepare Aboriginal adults to write Quebec’s General Development Test (GDT). CHRD is working hard to promote training for Cree to get good jobs in industries on their land, such

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Training First Nations Groups for the Mining Industry

According to the Mining Industry Human Resources Council, one out of two current industry workers must be replaced in the next decade. Addressing the human resources challenge will take a large and coordinated effort by industry, educational institutions and all

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Training that Prepares Aboriginals for Numeracy Tasks in Mining Occupations

People became curious when they saw our class holding measuring tapes up to windows, display cases, and benches. One staff member at the training centre asked, “What are they studying?” When we told her the answer, she took out her

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Essential Skills Training and Non-traditional Careers for Aboriginal Women

Aboriginal women should be considering careers in construction and mining, despite the perception that these are mostly male-dominated industries. Aboriginal women who are taking essential skills upgrading courses to prepare them for technical training in construction and mining-related occupations are

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Essential Skills Training with the Cree Nation

Students who have taken SkillPlan’s Essential Skills training for Mining Program in Quebec have shown engagement because of the relevance of the program content to their future choice in occupation. Learning a skill that has instant application is a guarantee

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