Budget 2013 contains 124 references to "First Nations."The Harper government's 300 plus page
Economic Action Plan 2013 includes renewals of First Nations policing and commercial fishing programs and modest spending increases in housing and infrastructure. It also alludes to more consultation on education.
The First Nations program getting the most attention, however, is a skills training scheme being dubbed by some as workfare. As explained by the Globe and Mail, it's a program meant to motivate First Nation youth to get off social-assistance and into skilled-jobs.
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The Harper government will provide job-training money to first nations that agree to force young people on welfare to take part in skills-development programs – a new initiative that critics compare to workfare.
The federal budget released Thursday provides $109-million over five years for what the government describes as “personalized skills development.”
But that money will be available only to those first nations that