Today’s announcements by Premier Christy Clark of large private partnership infrastructure projects in Prince Rupert and Kitimat, created a lot of buzz because of the long term employment opportunities that they will bring to northern British Columbia. However the most exciting thing about these initiatives is that the government has included First Nations communities in the process right from the get-go. Local First Nations leaders are firmly on board with these plans since this time their people will not be excluded from all the social and economic benefits these projects will bring in the future.

What a positive change from the exclusionist policies of the past and another example of how the BC Liberals are continuing with the wise policies instituted by former premier Gordon Campbell in this regard.

Aboriginal youth in BC have a bright future in front of them, and now is the time to buckle down and get the education necessary to attain and hold down these good paying jobs. Spread the word to all your friends and don’t let this once in a lifetime opportunity slip from your grasp.