FIRST NATIONS YOUTH EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM BEGINS 14th SUMMER PROGRAMJuly 2013
Since 2000 Outland Camps has been successfully delivering the First Nations Natural Resources Youth Employment Program in partnership with Confederation College on behalf of a dynamic partner group involving Education, Industry and the Governments of Ontario and Canada. The award winning program focuses on Natural Resource Management sector (Mining, Forestry, Water quality etc) as a vehicle to create career awareness and to inspire youth to build personal educational plans to achieve career goals.
The program was officially opened Monday evening by Elder Cindy Crowe of the Grey Wolf Teaching Lodge and Lake Helen First Nation. On the commencement the FNNRYEP for another summer, Cindy commented, "This ongoing youth program is very empowering and the youth attending are very positive and very respectful. This is the kind of positive reinforcement that we need in our region for the youth as well as the Elders. It is crucial for our youth to understand that their responsibility is to be the 'stewards of the land', this program reinforces that teaching. I congratulate Outland and Confederation College for doing the right thing and I encourage corporate sponsors to get on board. Being proactive is truly more powerful than being reactive."
It is a busy summer for the 30 youth who will be employees of Outland for the 6 week period. During this time they will earn employability certificates such as brush saw, chainsaw, First Aid, WHMIS, SP102 Industry Forest Fire Fighting and ORCA level 1 and 2 canoe training. The youth will attend one week of Mining Matters programming and a one-week Science Camp at Confederation College.
Various work projects are scheduled involving skills learned. Tree planting on Resolute Forest Products forest license area is always a favourite.
Qualifying youth will earn 2 High School Co-op credits upon completion of the full 6 week employment and training program as well as a culminating activity. The 2nd year participants will earn an additional "dual" credit in Environmental Management with Confederation College. Life skills learned over the 6 weeks are instrumental in building competency and confidence in the youth empowering them to design their educational and career plans. More on the program can be found at http://www.outlandcamps.ca/first-nations-inuit/ .
Since 2000 over 300 youth representing 44 Northern Ontario communities have participated in the FNNRYEP. 94% of all participants have successfully completed their first year. Approximately 60% of participants return for a second summer. Many have stayed on in subsequent years to take on leadership positions in the program.
The program will be showcased in November at the 2013 Canadian Aboriginal Minerals Association conference in Vancouver BC.