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Jobs of the Future: Kirkland Lake program offers holistic skills development for Indigenous businesswomen –

Investing in Women’s Future Program wants to help establish Indigenous, women-owned ventures

A new program for Indigenous women and gender-diverse peoples is coming to Kirkland Lake.

The program is the Investing in Women’s Futures Program (IWF), which recently received government funding to expand on entrepreneurship training programs to improve the economic independence, stability, and well-being of Indigenous women, girls and gender-diverse people.

“We are focused on increasing the representation of Indigenous women, particularly those who are unemployed or underemployed, within established and emerging sectors and offering opportunities to self-sustaining Indigenous economies,” explained Bertha Cormier, executive director of the Temiskaming Native Women’s Support Group and Keepers of the Circle, which will run the program.

Cormier said the program’s goals are to help build pathways for these women to support them through entrepreneurship skills development in order to assist them with establishing their own Indigenous women-owned ventures.

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