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City of Vancouver looking for Aboriginal production apprentices to join Canada 150-Plus team

Last Updated Mar 19, 2017 at 1:51 pm PDT

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VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – An exciting opportunity for local aboriginal youth — the City of Vancouver is launching a unique mentorship program as we mark Canada’s 150th birthday.

The City’s Canada 150-Plus team is looking for eight production apprentices who are of First Nations, Inuit, or Metis heritage.

“These folks will get safety and production training. They’ll be mentored at professional event production companies and festivals in Vancouver and then at the end of about a 12-week employment period, they’ll work as production assistants at some of our Canada 150-plus events this summer,” says Marnie Rice, the cultural planner for the city’s Canada 150-Plus team.

“What we are looking to do is make sure that we have indigenous folks on our team, whether they’re in senior management positions, part of our partners from the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh nations, right down to the production assistants that we’re employing as part of the program.”

Each apprentice will be paid a living wage of over $20.64 an hour. Applications close March 31st.

You can find out more at an open house set for tomorrow night at the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre on Hastings Street.