VICTORIA — Anne Kang, minister of advanced education and skills training, has announced $7.1 million in funding for Métis skills training.

The money will go towards the Métis Nation British Columbia’s ministry of skills training, employment and post-secondary, according to a news release.

“We honour Louis Riel’s sacrifice and courage. We honour the significant contributions of the Métis people to British Columbia, and we acknowledge the struggles that Métis people continue to face,” said Kang during a celebration of Louis Riel on Nov. 15.

The funds will help support Métis learners in occupational skills training programs such as apprenticeships, trades, skills upgrades, certificates and recertifications and other courses leading to employment, the release states.

The Métis Nation’s skills training program has so far supported more than 2,100 individuals in building employable skills and gaining job opportunities.

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