Michael McLeod

Your member of parliament for

Northwest Territories

Michael McLeod

Your member of parliament for

Northwest Territories


Helping Indigenous People in Yellowknife Get Vital Job Skills and Work Experience

News Release

For Immediate Release


May 15, 2018 Yellowknife, Northwest Territories           Employment and Social Development Canada


A strong economy depends on a strong middle class where everybody has a real and fair chance to succeed. Despite being the fastest growing segment of the country’s population, Indigenous peoples continue to be underrepresented in Canada’s workforce.


That’s why today, Michael McLeod, Member of Parliament for Northwest Territories, on behalf of the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour announced $2,391,700 in federal funding towards a new project under the Skills Partnership Fund (SPF), which encourages Indigenous organizations to form partnerships with governments, businesses and community organizations to provide skills training that contributes to long-term, meaningful employment for Indigenous people.


This project will provide skills training and hands on work experience to 218 Indigenous peoples within the Chief Drygeese Territory, including 80 women and 80 youth. In addition to classroom training, the project will provide work experience opportunities such as working in the skilled trades and working as environmental technicians.


In addition, as announced in Budget 2018, the Government is investing in Indigenous people, removing barriers to their success and supporting the skills, high-quality education and resources they need to fully participate in the economy and strengthen their communities. That’s why the Government is investing $2 billion over five years and over $400 million per year ongoing to create a new Indigenous Skills and Employment Training Program that will help address employment gaps between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.




“Breaking down barriers to employment for Indigenous people will ensure that everyone has a real and fair chance at success. Helping Indigenous people get the skills and training they need to find good jobs will grow the economy, strengthen the middle class and help those working hard to join it.”

The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour


“By providing more opportunities and training for Indigenous people, the Government of Canada is demonstrating the importance of helping all Canadians get the skills and experience they need to help build strong communities like ours across the country and to contribute to growing the middle class.”

  • Michael McLeod, Member of Parliament for Northwest Territories


“The Yellowknives Dene First Nation is grateful for the funding it has received to help enhance our Dechı̨ta Nàowo program.  This funding will give the opportunity for our members to thrive in their careers and goals. Dechı̨ta Nàowo utilizes a unique curriculum and delivers training that ranges from Heavy Equipment Operating to Construction Basics and Early Childhood.”  

  • Chief Edward Sangris, Dettah


“Dechı̨ta Nàowo provides an opportunity for our members to explore different avenues of training, and educate themselves for future careers in their life.” 

  • Chief Ernest Betsina, Ndilo



Quick Facts


  • Indigenous people in Canada represent the youngest and fastest-growing segment of the country’s population. Over the next decade, 400,000 Indigenous youth will be preparing to enter the workforce.


  • The SPF receives $50 million in funding per year and to date has leveraged approximately $250 million (cash and in-kind) from partnerships since its inception.


  • From April 2010 to December 2017, the SPF has served more than 33,700 Indigenous clients, which included helping over 12,700 individuals get jobs in various sectors such as natural resources, trades,  health, retail and tourism, and assisting 1,657 individuals to return to school.




Associated Link


Skills and Partnership Fund