On June 15, 2018, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, and Métis Nation leaders signed a Métis Nation Skills and Employment Accord in Ottawa. Budget 2018 provides for $625,369,476 over 10 years for the Métis Nation stream of the Indigenous Skills and Employment Training Program which supports employment services, skills development, and job training. The Métis Nation Skills and Employment Accord marks the first sub-accord under the Canada-Métis Nation Accord signed by the Prime Minister and Métis Nation leadership in 2017.
The sub-accord outlines the way in which Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), the MNC and its Governing Members will work together to:
• give more Métis people the skills and education they need to succeed, including access to post-secondary education;
• help more Métis people find and keep good jobs;
• expand Métis Nation capacity to deliver its own programs and services;
• position the Métis workforce to meet the demands of the next generation of jobs in our rapidly evolving economy; and,
• implement the new Métis Nation Labour Market Strategy.
“Every Canadian deserves a real and fair chance at success. Today, we make history as we sign the first sub accord of the Canada-Métis Nation Accord, in the spirit of a true nation-to-nation relationship. Access to education and skills training has the power to change generations., stated Minister Hajdu.
“This agreement will change the lives of tens of thousands of our Métis citizens. We know that it will help fill the gap that exists for our people in Canada’s economy in both trades and educational opportunities. Now we have a federal government that understands the steps needed to assist the Métis Nation in becoming a true partner in this economy,” stated David Chartrand, Métis Nation Minister of Social Development.