Michael McLeod

Your member of parliament for

Northwest Territories

Michael McLeod

Your member of parliament for

Northwest Territories


RELEASE: Helping Indigenous people in the Northwest Territories gain vital job skills and experience

October 12, 2017                    Yellowknife, NWT                      


Indigenous peoples represent the youngest and fastest-growing segment of Canada’s population. The Government of Canada, Indigenous communities and other partners need to work together to remove barriers to employment and ensure Indigenous youth get the skills and opportunities they need to succeed in today’s workforce.


The Government of Canada will provide approximately $7,440,000 in funding for this project under the Skills Partnership Fund (SPF), which was announced today by Michel McLeod, Member of Parliament for the Northwest Territories, on behalf of the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour.


Up to 1000 participants will take part in a new project, which will be delivered by the Mine Training Society. This project with the Mine Training Society will provide skills and development, training, and employment opportunities that will assist participants in the Northwest Territories and Kitikmeot region of Nunavut, including 300 Indigenous women and 400 youth. These participants will receive relevant classroom and hands-on training, as well as essential skills training, that will equip them for future jobs in the mining sector.


The SPF supports partnerships between Indigenous organizations and training institutions, community organizations, local business and industry, to enhance skills development for Indigenous peoples. These partnership- based projects help to address a broad range of socio-economic issues facing Indigenous peoples.





“Our Government is focused on renewing its nation-to-nation relationship with Indigenous people, based on recognition of rights, respect, co-operation and partnership. Creating partnerships through the Skills Partnership Fund means Indigenous peoples will have access to the job opportunities they need to succeed.”

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 people 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 V. Mcleod, MP Northwest Territories


“On behalf of the Board of Directors, I wish to thank our partners, the Tlicho Government, Yellowknives Dene First Nation, Lutsel K’e Dene First Nation, North Slave Metis Alliance, our industry partners, Dominion Diamond Corporation, Diavik Diamond Mines Inc., DeBeers Canada and the Government of the Northwest Territories for coming together to continue our work in delivering standards based skills training for the people of the NWT and Nunavut.  Without the ongoing support of our partner, Employment and Social Development Canada, we would not be the success we are.  Over the past decade, we have facilitated employment for over 5% of the labour force in the NWT.  We wish to continue this good work.”

-Henry Zoe, Vice Chair, Mine Training Society


Quick Facts


  • Indigenous peoples in Canada represent 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 March 2017, the SPF has served more than 32,000 Indigenous clients, which included  helping over 12,000 individuals get jobs in natural resources, trades and the health sector and assisting 1,500 individuals return to school.



Associated Links






Hilary Jones, General Manager

Mine Training Society



Michael McLeod

Member of Parliament, Northwest Territories




Media Relations Office

Employment and Social Development Canada