TRADES NL OPENS INDIGENOUS SKILLED TRADES OFFICE IN CORNER BROOK

For Immediate Release

June 9th, 2023 – Trades NL officially expanded the Indigenous Skilled Trades Office to Corner Brook.

The new office, located in the Commerce Court Building on 50 Main Street in Corner Brook, will enable Trades NL to serve more status and non-status Indigenous Peoples interested in seeking employment opportunities in the skilled trades.

This office seeks to create new employment opportunities for Indigenous apprentices and journeypersons, increase apprenticeship completion rates, and foster greater commitment and participation of employers and unions. This allows them to overcome barriers and enhance supports in the workplace.

The grand opening follows the February 16, 2023, announcement of the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador providing $910,649 to fund the expansion of the Indigenous Skilled Trades Office to Corner Brook and St. John’s while maintaining the existing office in Happy Valley-Goose Bay.

The St. John’s office is now staffed with details for a grand opening coming soon. Together, the three offices are dedicated to recruiting, promoting, supporting and advancing economic growth of Indigenous People in Newfoundland and Labrador.

All Indigenous Tradespersons or students currently enrolled in a trades training program are encouraged to contact Trades NL.

For more information, visit www.tradesnl.com/indigenous-office/

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“Opportunity is knocking and doors are opening for Indigenous people in the skilled trades in Newfoundland and Labrador. Our government is proud to provide the funding that made it possible for the doors of the Office of Indigenous and Northern Skilled Trades to open here today in Corner Brook. This office will provide the necessary supports for status and non-status Indigenous peoples to have a fulfilling career in the skilled trades, right here at home.”
Honourable Gerry Byrne
Minister of Immigration, Population Growth and Skills

“Trades NL has made significant strides in facilitating employment opportunities for Indigenous apprentices and journeypersons and the opening of an Office of Indigenous and Northern Skilled Trades in Corner Brook builds on that outreach. Congratulations on creating a space that builds a bridge between Indigenous people, employers and the union sector.”
Honourable Lisa Dempster
Minister of Labrador Affairs
Minister Responsible for Indigenous Affairs and Reconciliation

“The opening of this office means that we can expand our reach and serve Indigenous Peoples across our entire province. Trades NL remains committed to ensuring Indigenous People with an interest in the skilled trades receive our encouragement and support to ply their talents in the rewarding work tradespeople perform every day.”
Darin King
Executive Director, Trades NL

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About Trades NL
Trades NL is an umbrella labour organization which promotes and coordinates the interests of 16 building and construction trades unions, representing more than 60 trades and 15,000 skilled trades workers in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. For 70 years, our craft continues to construct, fabricate and maintain some of the world’s most complex facilities.

About Trades NL: Indigenous Skilled Trades Office
Trades NL: Indigenous Skilled Trades Office, located in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, is dedicated to recruiting, promoting, supporting and advancing the economic growth of Indigenous People of Newfoundland and Labrador within the skilled trades – with an emphasis on Red Seal occupations. This office seeks to create new employment opportunities for Indigenous apprentices and journeypersons, increase apprenticeship completion rates, and foster greater commitment and participation of employers and unions to create employment opportunities, overcome barriers and enhance supports in the workplace.

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