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JABC to reach more Aboriginal youth with new partnership

Photo: Jan Bell-Irving, President & CEO, JABC; Geri Collins, Director of Operations, Community Futures Development of the Central Interior First Nations; the Honourable Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training, and MLA for Prince George-Valemount; Jordan Low, Aboriginal Youth Entrepreneur; Elder Edie Frederick, Lheidli T’enneh First Nation; the Honourable Mike Morris, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, and MLA for Prince George-Mackenzie

September 2, 2016 – Aboriginal high school students in BC will benefit from new business and skills training opportunities, thanks to a partnership between the Province, JABC, Community Futures Development Corporation of the Central Interior First Nations and the Aboriginal Business Services Network.

The B.C. Small Business Roundtable is providing $34,300 to JABC for a pilot project to introduce its Youth Aboriginal Business Circles program in eight selected communities: Prince George, Kamloops, Kelowna, Neskonlith, Fort St. John, Moberly Lake, Cranbrook, Tsilhqot’in – Williams Lake. The Aboriginal Business Services Network has provided $12,000 and Community Futures has contributed $5,000 toward the project.

Modelled on JABC’s Be Entrepreneurial program, this new project will inspire and prepare Aboriginal youth to start a business of their own by giving students access to the relevant skills, knowledge and confidence necessary to create a business plan. When finished, the students will be empowered to achieve their goals, actively participate in B.C.’s workforce and contribute to the economy.

The Youth Aboriginal Business Circles pilot project will be delivered in four structured lessons, developed by volunteer trainers and facilitated by local business leaders in each of the eight communities.

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