Business

Regional Aboriginal training society closes its doors

The agency that provided employment and other job services to northwest Aboriginal people closed up shop March 31, ending more than 17 years of operations.

The Skeena Native Development Society was told by the federal government earlier this year its contract would not be renewed at the end of March because of spending irregularities. A successor agency has not yet been named from the nine organizations which submitted expressions of interest in early March.

Details are sketchy on how the development society’s now-former clients will be served until the new agency is put in place.

“We wish every client the best of success on being an active participant in the labour market. You showed the hard work and dedication it takes to be successful,” said society chair Marjorie McRae in a statement last week.

She said the society has forwarded names and contact information for its clients to federal officials.

McRae also expressed confidence that a financial audit “will demonstrate good financial management practice as we have demonstrated in previous years.” The last contract between the society and the federal government was worth $6.8 million.

Federal officials have also said they want any money they consider spent wrongly returned. There’s no detail available yet on what kind of ineligible expenses were uncovered.

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

Magnotta jury will deliberate for a sixth day
 
Heart of our City: Donna McNeil-Clark born again
 
Shopping Spree winner makes the most of her winnings
Psych assessment ordered for South Surrey mother charged with murder
 
RCMP address Safeway bomb threat
 
Salmo senior killed in collision
Air Canada rouge starts service out of Kelowna
 
Diesel price stays stubbornly high as crude drops
 
Vote for your favourites during the Nelson Star online contest

Community Events, December 2014

Add an Event


Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Dec 19 edition online now. Browse the archives.