The federal government is providing $3.6 million for two business development projects led by the Kluane First Nation in Burwash Landing and the Tr’ondëk Hwëchin in Dawson.
Yukon MP Brendon Hanley made the announcement alongside federal Northern Affairs Minister Dan Vandal on March 8.
Approximately $2.1 million will go towards a three-year project by Kluane Community Development Limited Partnership to purchase heavy machinery and shelter to expand their operations to better participate in construction activities, mining activities and clean energy generation at Burwash Landing.
“We are a small jurisdiction, a small First Nation, but this will be felt for generations,” said Tosh Southwick, speaking on behalf of the company.
“We are going to be able to take advantage of projects that we would not normally be able to take advantage of. We will build capacity in areas that will enable our citizens and families to truly live and thrive in our traditional territory,” she said.
Southwick said this program will create more training opportunities and more jobs in the small community located on the shore of Kluane Lake in western Yukon. The government estimates that the result will be four to eight full-time jobs.
In the long term, Southwick said this means more people can stay in Burwash to train and work, support their families and bring people home.
“That means you don’t have to leave your home. You don’t have to leave your community where you may be caring for your aunt or uncle, your grandmother, where you have a support network, where you have a home,” she said. declared.
Southwick noted that this also means Kluane workers can be employed on Kluane projects – including a planned new school for Burwash Landing.
“We will look to build capacity so that when we build a new school, when we build new buildings, we have people who are employed locally. It will help us on so many levels,” Southwick said.
About $1.5 million will go to Tr’ondëk Heavy Equipment, part of the Chief Isaac Mechanical group of companies, in Dawson City. The Tr’ondëk Hwëchin is the company’s sole shareholder.
The three-year funded program will expand an existing building of Tr’ondëk Heavy Equipment Ltd’s automotive, truck, transportation and heavy equipment repair operations. Funding for this project will maintain six full-time jobs and expand four full-time jobs.
McGarry Selbee, Group Co-Chairman Chief Isaac, said the funds will help build capacity not only for heavy equipment and job training, but also for management to gain more experience in managing projects.
“As you know, the announcement with the Café [Gold] The project will create a lot of opportunities in Dawson over the next few years and it’s really going to help us be able to take advantage of that and build real capacity,” he said.
Funds will come from the federal government‘s Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor) Jobs and Growth Fund.
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