Squamish Nation reopens expanded training and trades centre
October 4, 2018
The Squamish Nation has celebrated the reopening of the Squamish Nation Training and Trades Centre (SNTTC) in North Vancouver.
Having attracted over $1 million in funding through the Western Diversification Program (WDP), the centre has been expanded to 12,000 sq. ft., doubling the number of classrooms to four. The expansion also includes a new general construction workshop to the existing plumbing and carpentry workshops.
These renovations will help the Squamish Nation to deliver accessible trades training to Indigenous Peoples across British Columbia, including students from Metro Vancouver, Vancouver Island and Central/ Northern B.C.
Government agencies have also invested over $1.1 million to support the tuition and training of students.
The reopening of the SNTTC follows an investment of more than $27 million for 45 Indigenous Economic Growth projects in B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, through the WDP.
Scott Fraser, B.C.’s Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation, said, ”The new and improved trades and training centre is great news for the Squamish Nation and young people who are seeking opportunities to build secure and fulfilling careers. We are proud to work together with Indigenous peoples helping to build healthy communities and create shared prosperity that benefits all British Columbians.”