First Nation Youth Job Readiness Program: Dixon’s Success Story

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Transcript: First Nation Youth Job Readiness Program: Dixon's Success Story

Dixon, Okanagan Indian Band:

I went into the course with no knowledge or anything at all. And then right off the bat I learned a lot, and then, yeah, met a lot of great people too. It just really helped.

It's looking great now because they've helped me so much with all of my tickets. Because before that, I had no tickets. Nothing. At all. And then, I couldn't get a job in Alberta, or up north—anything like that. Or even local because they want people with First Aid, and air brake endorsement and stuff like that.

It builds confidence. Definitely builds confidence. And then confidence is like wildfire it just spreads. My friends see me complete the program and they see me get my life started and they want to do the same thing. They want to get their things together and just like grow up really. Become more independent.

Like, you're—where are you at when you're older? You're stuck on the reserve, (then) you're stuck on the reserve. If you want to actually do something with your life, get off your butt and just go do something about it.

Narrator:

Thanks to funding from Economic Action Plan 2013 First Nation youth – ages 18 to 24 – from across the country will be participating in programs such as those taking place in Okanagan Nation affiliated communities in British Columbia.

These programs are being delivered through partnerships between Aboriginal organizations, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada and Employment and Social Development Canada.

Canada is providing job readiness support for First Nations youth so they can successfully participate in the Canadian economy. For more information on this and other programs and services, please visit Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada.

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