Nishnawbe Aski Nation

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February 9, 2017


THUNDER BAY, ON (February 9, 2017): Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler, on behalf of the Executive Council, congratulates Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School and Northern Nishnawbe Education Council on the grand opening of the newly renovated First Nations Trade School:

“We are pleased to celebrate the opening of the First Nations Trade School (FNTS) and congratulate Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School, Northern Nishnawbe Education Council and our provincial and federal partners for making this much-needed educational opportunity a reality for First Nations. The FNTS offers a variety of opportunities for our students by providing them with the skills they need to obtain trades programming leading to an Ontario Secondary School diploma. This FNTS is a lifeline for many of our youth, and fulfills the vision of our leaders and educators who have worked so hard to give our youth the opportunities and the hope they need to succeed in their education and future careers.”

Launched in 2014, NAN worked in partnership with NNEC on the development of the First Nations Trades School proposal to ensure that First Nations students can receive trade skills programming at Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School in a supportive environment.

Aboriginal youth are one of the fastest growing demographics in Canada, and the increase in the working age population of First Nations represents tremendous economic potential both on and off reserve, according to Statistics Canada’s 2006 Aboriginal People’s Survey

For more information please contact: Tamara Piché, Communications Officer – Nishnawbe Aski Nation (807) 625-4906 or cell (807) 621-5549 or by email

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