Confederation College release
THUNDER BAY – Forty-five participants of the First Nations Natural Resources Youth Employment Program and Outland Youth Employment Program graduated Thursday at the program’s closing ceremonies held at Confederation College.
Participants received certificates and two high school co-op credits earned during six weeks of work and training. The program is designed to educate about natural resources career paths and help prepare participants for postsecondary education in the field. Certifications were earned in numerous disciplines including:
· S102 Forest Firefighting
· Chainsaw (OFSWA standard)
· Brush saw operation
· Bear Aware
· First aid
· ORCKA Level 1 and 2
· Tree planting
· G1 Driver’s License (if aged 16+)
· Environmental Management Systems
Since 2000, Outland Camps has partnered with Confederation College and Lakehead University to offer land-based education training and employment programs for Indigenous youth in Ontario. To date, the partnership has supported over 430 participants from 55 communities to complete the program, launching numerous careers in the natural resources sector.
FNNRYEP/OYEP focuses on developing work skills, life skills and encouraging youth to achieve an adult life of prosperity, self-sufficiency and personal growth. The program boasts many social, economic and educational benefits for youth including competitive wages, relationship development, team building, increased confidence, strong work ethic, healthy habits and experiential learning.