Minister Melanie Mark Makes Funding Announcement in Terrace to Benefit Northern Communities

Melanie Mark - Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training was in Terrace this afternoon to make a major announcement that will benefit all northern Indigenous communities.

"Improving access to driver training in Indigenous communities was a clear call to action and systemic concern that First Nations leaders have raised with me," said Minister Mark in a news release issued today.  "Opening doors for individiuals in more rural areas provides them access to the training and skills required to be independent members of their communities.  This expanded support will also empower Indigenous peoples, especially women, to travel with a greater sense of safety along the Highway 16 corridor."

The expanded support will see the All Nations Driving Academy received $360,000 to provide courses and services to Indigenous communities in the North Coast to assist aspiring drivers obtain their Class 7 learner and novice driver’s licences.  The funding builds on a previous investment of $80,000 that has helped 214 people acquire the training to date.

Nisg̱a’a citizens who want more information on how to benefit and access this fundamental training can contact Nisg̱a’a Employment Skills and Training (NEST), or the All Nations Driving Academy

Read the full text of Minister Mark’s news release HERE

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