Government of Saskatchewan, First Nations launch task force

Improved labour force participation key goal
||Last Updated: 05/20/2011

A new task force is looking to improve the labour force participation and employment of First Nations and Métis people in Saskatchewan.

The government of Saskatchewan and the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) have signed an agreement to establish a joint task force on education and employment.

The task force will consult widely on and off reserve throughout the province to help identify practical, grass-roots solutions for eliminating the gaps in education and employment outcomes for First Nations and Métis people in Saskatchewan, said the government.

"It is essential that all people in Saskatchewan reach their potential and benefit from our province's prosperity," said Premier Brad Wall. "If we can effectively meet these challenges, we have the opportunity through this unique partnership for our First Nations and Métis learners to lead our province's success for generations to come."

The joint task force will focus on several key goals, including:

•improved early childhood outcomes and transition to school

•increased high school and post-secondary completion rates

•improved participation in the labour force and employment

•greater quality of life and enhanced self-sufficiency.

"This agreement reflects a shared vision of our prosperous province where everyone has access to a high quality of life on and off reserve," said Wall.

The three-member task force will be appointed by the end of summer with public consultations expected to begin in the fall. A final report is expected in August 2012.

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