The provincial government is providing $1.1 million to the College of New Caledonia, in part to deliver three programs aimed at improving the job skills of aboriginal people in this region.
The money will go to a heavy equipment operator certification program under a partnership with the Wet'suwet'en First Nation, and for an essential skills and safety certification program, leading to a B.C. Adult Dogwood, with the Yekooche and Takla Lake First Nations.
CNC is also receiving funding for its aboriginal service plan intended to enhance services and programming for aboriginal students at the Prince George, Mackenzie, Lakes District, Nechako and Quesnel campuses.
As well, the University of Northern British Columbia is receiving $200,000 for its aboriginal service plan, which includes transition programming, elder support, a writing festival as well as support a First Nations Centre counsellor position at the Prince George campus.
The funding will also support an aboriginal coordinator position at the UNBC Terrace campus.
Local MLAs announced the funding Wednesday in a press release.