Engineers Canada has signed an agreement with the Assembly of First Nations to encourage First Nations youth to pursue careers in engineering.
Signed July 22 in Winnipeg, the agreement calls for the development of educational materials and new initiatives to make young people of indigenous origin to be more aware of the career possibilities in the engineering sector, and also to make them aware of training programs – existing or future.
Aboriginal youth between the ages of 15 and 30 are the fastest growing population segment in Canada.
Zaki Ghavitian, ing., president of Engineers Canada, said “Engineers Canada believes that, as professional engineers, First Nations youth will enrich the quality of engineering and geosciences services and provide fresh perspectives on the resolution of engineering problems, not only within their own communities, but across Canada and around the world.” Engineers Canada is the national organization representing the provincial and territorial engineering licensing bodies.
Assembly of First Nations Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atlea thanked Engineers Canada, and said he hoped other organizations will follow suit. “Our population is young and booming and they are seeking opportunities for employment and to participate in the economic life of this country,” said Atlea.