MB Status of Women

Manitoba Status of Women

The Manitoba Status of Women & Manitoba Economic Development and Jobs funded MCSC to deliver construction skills training that leads to employment in four remote Indigenous communities. In addition, MCSC will bring career awareness to youth in 30 remote Indigenous communities using the latest virtual reality technology. This project will disseminate the results at the MCSC Manitoba Women in Trades Conference on November 16, 2022, at Victoria Inn, Winnipeg.

William Kirkness, Project Coordinator

William works with Indigenous communities to address skill gaps on local construction projects. He coordinates the delivery of training for employment. William bridges the gap between employers and Indigenous workers to improve recruitment and retention practices in remote Manitoba communities.

Jennifer Daniels, Job Readiness Facilitator/ Career Awareness Coordinator

Jennifer uses her experience in construction to bring career awareness and digital technology to remote Indigenous communities across Manitoba. Students, teachers, counselors, parents, and administrators are virtually placed on the construction site to learn more about opportunities in the construction industry. The virtual and augmented reality resources are downloaded on the equipment in schools for future access.

Cohort I

Cross Lake

Job Readiness Program

Instructor:
Eline Anderson, The First Indigenous Woman HEO operator

16 Indigenous women started and completed the job readiness course and safety training in Cross Lake in July 2021 

12 of the women went onto blast hole drilling while the other 4 found employment with Mid North Construction.

 

Blast Hole Drilling Program

Instructor:
Don Ayres, Certified Blaster and Driller / Safety Instructor
Brent Good,  Instructor

12 women graduated from the Blast Hole Drilling course in Cross Lake on September 17, 2021. 

All 12 women were employed with Mid North Construction.

Cileen Muswagon

Drilling for Mid North Construction in Cross Lake First Nation

Cohort II

Job Readiness Program

Instructor:
Annette Head, First Indigenous woman Journeyperson Carpenter, Vocational Education Instructor

10 Indigenous women completed the Job Readiness in Cross Lake on March 4, 2022, and completed the Safety training on March 11.

Water & Wastewater Line Installer Program

Instructor:
Ken Mills, Energy Consultant/ Instructor

In March 14, 2022, 10 Indigenous women registered for the Water & Wastewater Line Installation course in Cross Lake. The Water & Wastewater Line Installation Pilot Project wrapped up in Cross Lake on Friday, April 1 with 10 Women successfully completing the 3 week course.

The 2 Council Members attended the Grad on Friday as well as the community Project Manager and the Manager of Mid North Construction (Band owned Construction Company)
The Council Members congratulated the Women and the Project Manager informed the Women that they would all begin work with Mid North Construction on Monday, April 11.

8 of the 10 women are employed installing water lines for the new hospital and new water line installation to new development. 2 of the 10 women are employed with the local plumber.

Cohort I

York Landing

Job Readiness Program

Instructor:
Gilbert Manitopyes, Job Readiness Instructor

12 students attended job readiness in York Landing. 4 did not complete the course due to Covid protocol. 

Blast Hole Drilling in Training Program

Instructor:

Don Ayres, Certified Blaster and Driller / Safety Instructor
Brent Good,  Instructor

7 women attended the blast hole drilling. 7 women graduated from the Blast Hole Drilling course in York Landing on March 18, 2022.

The women will be hired on the all weather road in the community in the fall of 2022.

Cohort I

Pinaymootang

Job Readiness Program

Instructor:
Jennifer Daniels, Program Coordinator, Manitoba Construction Sector Council

11 Indigenous women started and 11 completed the job readiness course and safety training in Pinaymootang on July 30, 2021. 

Framer Certificate Program

Instructor:
Annette Head, First Indigenous woman Journeyperson Carpenter, Vocational Education Instructor

9 women completed the program on October 29, 2021. All 9 women were employed upon completion.

Cohort II

Cross Lake

Job Readiness Program

Instructor:
Annette Head, First Indigenous woman Journeyperson Carpenter, Vocational Education Instructor

16 women started and 15 completed the Job Readiness course.

 

Blast Hole Drilling Program

Instructor:

Harold Guiboche, Certified Blaster and Driller 
Brent Good,  Simulator Instructor

10 women registered and completed the Blast Hole Drilling training program in Pinaymootang on May 17, 2022.

Graduated have applied for driving positions outside of the community. A new quarry in the community is planned in the coming months.

Berens River

Job Readiness Program

Instructor:
Lorraine Desmarais, Instructor

10 students are registered in Job Readiness.
CSAM Safety training July 25 to 29, 2022.

The Water and Waste course begins August 8, 2022. 

 

Water & Wastewater Installation Line Program

Instructor:
Ken Mills, Instructor

On August 8, 2022,  9 Indigenous women registered for the Water & Wastewater Line Installation course in Barrens River. The Water & Wastewater Line Installation Pilot Project wrapped up on August 26, 2022, with 7 Women successfully completing the 3-week course. 7 women found employment.

Awareness

Manitoba Construction Sector Council, Jennifer Daniels, Program Coordinator, is visiting 30 Indigenous communities to bring career awareness to youth using virtual reality 360-degree videos featuring 14 construction trades.

  • South East Collegiate
  • Long Plain High School
  • Broken Head First Nation High School
  • Pinaymootang First Nation
  • Peguis First Nation High School
  • Waywayseecappo High School
  • Sioux Valley High School
  • Ebb and Flo First Nation
  • Cross Lake First Nation
  • Fisher River First Nation
  • Norway House 3
  • Rolling River High School
  • Birdtail Sioux First Nation
  • Minegoziibe Anishinabe School
  • Canupawakpa First Nation
  • Eagles Nest – Assembly Manitoba Chiefs
  • Lake St.Martin
  • Opaskwayak Cree Nation
  • Wanipigow High School
  • Cranberry Portage – Egg Lake
  • Sagkeeng First Nation School
  • Roseau River First Nation – Ginew School
  • Keeseekoowenin School
  • Dakota Plains School – Mahipya Hdega
  • Swan Lake First Nation High School
  • Black River First Nation
  • Little Saskatchewan
  • Shoal Lake 39
  • Skowan First Nation
  • Sandy Bay School

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