A dozen members of Pimicikamak Cree Nation (PCN) at Cross Lake are being trained for mining sector jobs at Hudbay’s Snow Lake operation through a partnership between the company, the provincial government, PCN, University College of the North (UCN) and the Northern Manitoba Sector council.
The training began in February and will conclude in November. The provincial government is providing $87,000 in funding for the training, with Hudbay and PCN contributing in-kid support.
“We are working in partnership to develop the next generation of workers in Northern Manitoba’s resource economy,” said Premier Brian Pallister in a May 27 press release.
“Our Look North strategy identifies the need for stronger connections between local industry and the community through educational opportunities. This training also supports a key priority of Manitoba’s Economic Growth Action Plan in ensuring we have the right skills, knowledge and talent to support a thriving economy.”
“Our goal is to fill the jobs at our operations with people from our northern communities and this hiring program is a great first step in achieving this goal,” said Robert Assabgui, vice-president of Hudbay’s Manitoba business unit.“We look forward to welcoming our 12 new employees from Pimicikamak.”