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Technology-enhanced remote training centre opens in Neskantaga

Technology-enhanced remote training centre opens in Neskantaga 

“I’m thrilled the province could play a role in this collaborative project,” said David Zimmer, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, in a press release. “By improving access to education and training, the Neskantaga Training Centre will open up new doors to a world of possibilities for learners in Neskantaga. Everyone involved in this initiative should be immensely proud.

This training centre has construction components designed to be flown into and assembled on site in remote communities. The technology components include Cisco TelePresence, two-way video communication, a 70-inch smart board, a 70-inch LED TV, satellite broadband connectivity, individual laptops and e-learning programs and curriculum to provide access to secondary and post-institutions,safety training courses and technical certification programs.

“The partnerships formed to build this facility, along with all of the hard work, have culminated in a facility that will have a positive impact on the people of Neskantaga for many years to come,” explained Chief Peter Moonias of Neskantaga First Nation during the opening ceremonies. “This is an integral step in the right direction – providing access to higher learning directly in our community so that our youth have the opportunity to succeed.”

Aecon, a Canadian construction and infrastructure development provider, led the training centre project team. The team consists of Bell Canada, Cisco Canada, Galaxy Satellite, ATCO Structures and Logistics, and Operating Engineers Training Institute of Ontario.

Aecon and the Matawa First Nations’ Kiikenomaga Kikenjigewen Employment and Training Services began their partnership by providing local access to community-based education and apprenticeship training for First Nations in the areas surrounding Ontario’s Ring of Fire mining development.

“The development of this innovative concept was made possible through the collaboration and contributions from best-in-class companies and organizations that have the combined objective to create a sustainable solution for training in remote communities,” added Teri McKibbon, Aecon’s President and CEO, in a press release. “Training and education are keys to success and we are very proud to be a part of bringing such opportunities to Matawa First Nation communities.”

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