Parkland College recently announced that it has forged an official partnership with Keeseekoose First Nation near Kamsack through the signing of a memorandum of understanding. The agreement builds on the college’s commitment to partnering with First Nations in East Central Saskatchewan.
Parkland College strives to improve skills training and labour market participation of First Nations members in the region. This affiliation with Keeseekoose First Nation will involve tailored Essential Skills programs, Adult Basic Education, and specific skills training designed to link members of the First Nation with industry and jobs.
“The purpose of this agreement is to formalize and strengthen the programs and courses we offer to our partners,” said Michael Cameron, director of Training and Business Development at Parkland College. “This agreement will help us improve the way of life of more people across the region.”
The MOU will be in effect for five years. The agreement lays out terms and directives by which both parties will work to secure training allowances for students learning on reserve. Officials from Keeseekoose First Nation and Parkland College will meet at least twice a year to assess the progress made during the collaboration.