CWAF supports funding announced for Indigenous peoples in Budget 2017

CWAF supports funding announced for Indigenous peoples in Budget 2017

The Canadian Welding Association Foundation (CWAF) endorses the federal government’s 2017 budget initiative which includes the support of higher education for Indigenous peoples.

The Ministry’s initiative beginning in 2017/18 provides for $90 million, and an additional $25 million over five years for programs that support Indigenous students attending post-secondary institutions and seeking employment assistance. An additional $104 million has been allocated for training, adult education and reducing employment barriers for young people living on reserves.

“This funding commitment by the federal government is going to provide opportunities for indigenous youth to pursue education and careers in the welding profession and we’re very excited by the news,” said Deborah Mates, Executive Director of the CWAF. “Since the inception of the CWAF in 2013, we have actively supported Indigenous peoples in their pursuit of welding careers helping to make their dreams come true.”

About the CWAF

The CWA Foundation is a National registered charity that supports the Canadian welding industry by increasing public safety awareness in welding, and addressing the welding skilled trade shortage in Canada. Through education based programs and initiatives, we continue to reduce barriers that affect key groups; elementary, secondary, and post-secondary students and educators, indigenous, women, at-risk youth, disabled, and the disadvantaged. We envision a future where all individuals are encouraged and provided the support needed to reach their true potential in a career in welding regardless of identity factors, social and financial status, and lived experiences including gender, age, ethnicity, language, literacy, culture, income, and geographical location.