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National Aboriginal Day Event

Jun 20 2013 12:00AM



VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (Marketwired) -- 06/20/13 -- On June 21, join Kevin Evans, CEO of the Industry Training Authority (ITA), and Gary McDermott, ITA Director of Aboriginal Initiatives, along with Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training Shirley Bond, and Minister of State for Tourism and Small Business Naomi Yamamoto, as they celebrate the partnerships and successes of Aboriginal people in skilled trades training as well as B.C.'s Aboriginal cultures. The event is in conjunction with the Aboriginal Tourism Association of BC and the opening of their Klahowya Village.

When: Friday June 21, 2013, 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.11:15 a.m. Press Registration11:30 a.m. Opening Ceremony11:45 a.m. Kevin Evans speaks11:50 a.m. Minister Bond speaks11:55 a.m. Minister Yamamoto speaks12:00 p.m. Chef Chris Monkman & his apprentice Melinda Russell12:10 p.m. ClosingWhere: Klahowya Village, Stanley Park next to Malkin BowlEnter Stanley Park from Vancouver; at park entrance traffic circle, takesecond exit at Pipeline Road and follow signs. Complimentary parking at lotnext to Klahowya Village main entranceWhat: Kevin Evans, CEO of ITA, Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism andSkills Training, and Minister of State for Tourism, Naomi Yamamoto,celebrate National Aboriginal Day with First Nation representatives, eldersand supporters.


This will be a very visual cultural event, with a traditional dance performance, and a number of photo and interview opportunities, including:

Kevin Evans, ITA CEO, and Gary McDermott, ITA Director of Aboriginal Initiatives, are available to discuss the future labour market requirements for skilled trades in BC and how Aboriginal training is crucial to meeting these requirements. They can also speak to the barriers Aboriginal people face when entering into the trades, and how to break these down to recruit and retain the skilled tradespeople B.C. need.

First Year Apprentice: Melinda Russell

Melinda, a member of the Mohawk Nation, living in Abbotsford, is training for her Professional Cook Level 1 qualification at Sto:Lo Aboriginal Skills & Employment Training (SASET). She will be available to discuss her experience training to be a cook and her future career plans.

Chef Instructor, Chris Monkman

Chris is the Chef Instructor/Program Administrator at Sto:Lo Aboriginal Skills & Employment Training (SASET). He will be available to discuss the Professional Cook Level 1 program as well as his successes in the trades.

Industry Training Authority
Susan Kirk
Director of Communications
778-785-2410 or Cel: 604-307-2122

Edelman Vancouver
Jennifer King
604-623-3433 or Cel: 604-710-6382

Source: Marketwire

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