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Title:

A SEAMLESS APPROACH TO SCIENCE AND RESOURCE BASED HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT IN ABORIGINAL COMMUNITIES

Presenter s Coordinates:

Bradley Henry

Regional Initiatives Coordinator Canadian Forest Service 580 Booth Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0E4 (613) 947-9045 bhenry@nrcan.gc.ca

Category:

Emerging Issues in the Forest

Summary/Abstract

There are many opportunities for Aboriginal people to participate in the resource economy. However, Aboriginal participation in fields requiring a post-secondary education is limited by the relatively low numbers of Aboriginal youth that are successful in meeting the math and science entry requirements for post-secondary programs. A number of approaches have been implemented to address these issues. In isolation, each approach has shown a measure of success. However, the isolation of these programs serves to limit their overall effectiveness. One possible solution to this challenge would be to combine, in sequence, the various approaches to create a seamless stream or continuum for capacity development. There are a number of challenges to this approach. However, through collaboration it should be possible to meet these challenges and to create a balanced, resource-based, Aboriginal workforce. The purpose of this paper is to describe the seamless continuum, and to outline some of the challenges involved in implementing the concept.

Proceedings from ForestEDWest II – Banff, Alberta – January 2006

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