Outland Celebrates the Opening Ceremonies for the 16th Year of the First Nations Youth Employment ProgramJuly 2015
Outland and its operations partners, Lac Lacroix First Nation, Ontario Government, Confederation College and Lakehead University hosted the Opening Ceremonies for the 2015 First Nations Natural Resources Youth Employment Program on Thursday July 16 at Mink Lake Camp. 2015 marks the 16th year of the program which has expanded to 2 camps and 55 youth. 375 youth will have graduated from Year 1 by the end of this summer, and there is potential for further growth going into 2016. Carillion Canada, who recently bought Outland, has become a Platinum Sponsor of the program. This will be Carillion’s second year supporting the FNNRYEP.
Cheif Norman teaches youth about the circle and the drum
The inspirational event was complete with ceremony, the drum (Painted Rock from Lac Lacroix First Nation), and a feast. Chief Norman Jordan of Lac Lacroix First Nation expressed appreciation that the partners were able to work together to open the former Ontario Ranger camp for the benefit of First Nations youth, adding that Mink Lake is a "special place". The Rangers, program staff and program partners were treated to the Honour Song to celebrate everyone's commitment to making the program such a success.
Crewleaders Dave and Brittany, with Mink Lake Head Cook, Stephanie.