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Young adults from the Ocean Man First Nation near Stoughton, and two other reserves, will be connected to skills training and jobs thanks to the federal government's new initiative to improve on-reserve income assistance.

These investments will provide personalized supports to First Nations youth as they secure the tools needed to find meaningful employment and reduce their reliance on income assistance.

The communities are participating at the request of their local First Nations leadership.

Activities will begin over the coming months across Canada as First Nations communities and tribal councils lead the effort to ensure youth have every opportunity for jobs and prosperity.

“First Nations youth represent the youngest and the fastest growing segment of the nation’s population,” said Souris-Moose Mountain MP Ed Komarnicki. “Canadians, First Nations communities, leaders and young adults all agree: First Nations youth should have the same opportunities as all Canadians to find, keep and enjoy the benefits of a good job.

“Our government is investing in over 4,000 youth from willing First Nations across the county to provide skills training and job readiness activities. The program targets First Nations' income assistance clients between the ages of 18 to 24 with skills training and jobs.”

Sakimay First Nations near Grenfell and Kahkewistahaw near Broadview will also benefit.

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