Sunday August 31, 2014

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Funding for First Nations

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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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Komarnicki is also touting new rules that will ensure Canadians have a say on cell towers in their communities.

Over the last 20 years, Komarnicki said wireless communications have grown into a service that Canadian consumers rely on daily. As a result, an increasing number of new cell towers are being constructed in communities. Their placement is becoming an ever more divisive issue with the rapidly increasing demand for wireless services.

He believes Canadians deserve to have a say in how new cell tower locations are identified in their communities. Improvements to Industry Canada’s Antenna Tower Siting Policy will ensure that local home owners and municipal governments are at the forefront of the tower placement process.

The changes will include requirements that companies:

*Consult communities on all commercial tower installations, regardless of height;

*Build any tower within three years of consulting with communities; and

*Ensure home owners are well informed of upcoming consultations.

The improvements will also strengthen federal communications with the public on tower siting procedures, including new online resources on the process, and new reporting mechanisms to track tower issues and report back to communities.

Under the existing cell tower siting policy, a company is only required to consult the community when it plans to build an antenna tower taller than 15 metres.

 


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