Transmitted by CNW Group on : May 8, 2006 11:00

Private sector and aboriginal community meet to resolve BC's skilled worker shortage

            VANCOUVER, May 8 /CNW/ -



            Landmark British Columbia private sector/Aboriginal forum to be hosted in

            Vancouver to address skilled worker shortage.



            The forum, Workforce Connex, will help resolve barriers and open the

            potential for the private sector to effectively train, recruit and retain

            an Aboriginal workforce. Over 140 forum participants, representing the

            private sector, Aboriginal Employment Centres and government, will review

            BC workforce supply and demand issues and determine how the talent of

            Aboriginal people can be utilized in a win-win to fill emerging job

            opportunities that will support the 2010 Olympics and industry sectors

            such as construction, oil and gas, forestry, mining and transportation.



            Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown

            1128 West Hastings Street

            Vancouver, British Columbia



            May 10 and 11, 2006

            Forum program available online (



            Hosted by the British Columbia Aboriginal Workforce Strategy (Aboriginal

            Employment Centres) in cooperation with the Aboriginal Human Resource

            Development Council of Canada. The project is funded by the Sector

            Council Program, Human Resources and Social Development Canada.


            Telephone and onsite interviews will be made available.


            The Aboriginal Human Resource Development Council of Canada is a national

not-for-profit organization funded by the private and public sectors to create

links between Canada's employers and the Aboriginal community. The Council

provides leadership on supply and demand issues that address the development

of effective training, recruitment and retention strategies for Aboriginal







/For further information: Peggy Berndt, Manager, Communications and

Marketing, Aboriginal Human Resource Development Council of Canada,

1-866-711-5091 (toll-free), (780) 720-1118 (cell), Email:, Website: