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ESKASONI (NS) – December 29, 2010 – With support from the Government of Canada, Nova Scotia’s Aboriginal youth will benefit from initiatives designed to introduce them to entrepreneurship as a career option.
“Our government recognizes entrepreneurship as a powerful force driving innovation, productivity, job creation and economic growth,” said the Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of National Revenue, Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway. “Aboriginal entrepreneurs play an increasingly important role in the Canadian economy and by working with young people to promote the growth of the Aboriginal business sector, we are investing in long-term economic prosperity of our communities and our country.”
Federal support for the initiative includes a contribution of $88,000 from Indian and Northern Affairs Canada and a commitment of $8,300 each from Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.
The Eskasoni Band Council will engage an Aboriginal youth entrepreneurship coordinator to promote youth entrepreneurship development across the province. The objective of this project is to enhance awareness of and access to existing entrepreneurship support programs and services and encourage more Aboriginal youth to pursue self-employment as a career option.
Workshops on entrepreneurship will be delivered, and a youth link program will be created, to provide youth with a mechanism to connect regularly within their home communities and with the larger provincial youth network focused on entrepreneurship. These measures stem from recommendations identified in the 2010 Aboriginal Entrepreneurship Youth Strategy.
Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation offers programs in support of economic development initiatives and is responsible for delivering ACOA’s programs on Cape Breton Island and in the Mulgrave area.
Tracy Menge, Manager Economic Development
Eskasoni First Nation