Education and Training
Ring of Fire Aboriginal Training Alliance
Noront has partnered with Matawa First Nations’ Kiikenomaga Kikenjigewen Employment and Training Services (KKETs) and Confederation College of Applied Arts and Technology in Thunder Bay to create The Ring of Fire Aboriginal Training Alliance (RoFATA). This innovative program will help prepare local Aboriginal people for employment in the mining sector by providing skills-based training and guidance to long-term career paths.
In 2013 RoFATA received $5.9-million from the Canada’s Federal Skills and Partnership Fund. With this funding in place, nine specialized training and six pre-trade courses were delivered to Matawa First Nations members. Many courses were offered in local First Nation communities and others in Thunder Bay. The length of training varies from 2 to 20 weeks.
To date, 140 Matawa First Nation community members have completed the first phase of training and we expect another 260 people to be trained in 2014/15.