An article posted by the St. Catharines Standard on March 14 highlighted new opportunities for Indigenous youths in Southern Ontario.
The Niagara Peninsula Aboriginal Area Management Board (NPAAMB) announced the launch of two new programs and nearly $9 million in federal funding, designed to provide urban Indigenous youths aged 18 to 30 years old with skills they will need to help them on their way to successful careers in construction, tourism and health care.
One of the programs, called Journey to Success which will start May 7, will provide 112 students over four years with training in hospitality, tourism and health care. Graduates will also receive certificates from Niagara College.The article features comments from NC president Dan Patterson, who said the program is designed to “open up new doors for Indigenous young people and to explore further training and apprenticeships, job opportunities and post-secondary education.”
“We are pleased to be working in the two areas that are centres of educational excellence for Niagara College: health care and the hospitality and tourism sector,” he said.