(Ottawa) January 27, 2016 – Congress of Aboriginal Peoples, (CAP) and Willis College of Business, Technology, and Healthcare, are pleased to announce the first national Indigenous educational partnership.
CAP and Willis College will collaborate by combining their respective resources and expertise to provide state-of-the-art career preparation and skills training for Indigenous peoples across Canada in healthcare, business, and information technology and management.
The goal sets out to train 1,000 Métis, status, non-status and Southern Inuit Indigenous peoples in every province and territory in Canada.
Dwight Dorey, National Chief of the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples, expressed his optimism with the Liberal government’s commitment to prioritize education for Indigenous people. “By alleviating the gaps in educational funding that have blocked progress for Indigenous students for far too long, many more of our youth and adults will finally have the opportunity to look forward and decide their own career path.”
Chief Dorey added, “We are also excited with the opportunities this partnership will bring to students. With Willis College’s known history of success as a skills & talent development leader in Canada, I am confident that we will expand this program in the future.”
Rima Aristocrat, President & CEO of Willis College, known for her leadership in championing Aboriginal studies for students through various initiatives stated, “I believe that skills training & talent development is vital to the Indigenous community in achieving better health and living standards. With a core of trained professionals in all areas of technology, I’m excited about the potential of expanding our partnership with CAP into other Indigenous communities.”
The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples represents the interests of Métis, status and non-status Indians, and Southern Inuit Indigenous Peoples living off-reserve. Today, over 70% of Indigenous Peoples live off-reserve.
To arrange an interview with National Chief, Dwight Dorey or Rima Aristocrat, contact:
Noreen Fagan, Communications Coordinator
Office: (613) 747-6022 ex 230
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Julian Morelli, Director of Policy and Communications
Office: (613) 747-6022 ex 197