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DOTC - Realization of Regionally Based Employment Opportunities Project

We are all interdependent and have an important stake in the health and well-being of our larger community and economy. If we are all in it together, collaboration and partnership lends itself as preferred approach.

Realization of Regionally Based Employment Opportunities is an important project initated by Dakota Ojibway Tribal Council with the support of the Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada under auspices of its Community Support Services Program.

The project focuses on 40 youth (18 - 24 ages) who are ready and willing to work. DOTC and the Portage and District Chamber of Commerce become appropriate "catalysts or bridges" to connect and facilitate the process between the employers and the employees.


From Left:
Matthew Henderson, President, Portage and District Chamber of Commerce, Johnny Copenace, Helen Whitall, Shauntey Beaulieu, Shanaya Marsden, Skye Woods, and Senator Vernon White

Dakota Ojibway Tribal Council & Portage and District Chamber of Commerce
Luncheon - Canad Inns, Portage la Prairie - Thursday, April 25, 2013

DOTC and Portage and District Chamber of Comerce also took this time to present five students from the Long Plain School with a plaque for their results in the Wiseman Mathematics National Contest. 

The Wiseman Mathematics Contest is a national annual project that is organized by the First Nations University of Canada. The students who achieve the highest results in their schools receive the Certificate of Merit. The students achieved the highest results at the national level receive the Certificates for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places respectively.

The five students as pictured above are:
Johnny Copenace, Grade V - 2nd Place 
- Helen Whitall, Grade IV, 1st Place
Shauney Beaulieu, Grade IV, 2nd Place
Shanaya Marsden, Grade IV, 3rd Place
Skye Woods, Grade V, 3rd Place  

Making it Work - DOTC proposes partnership to fill gaps in labour market

News article from the Winnipeg Free Press - Portage Extra Friday, April 19, 2013


Over the past three years, this initiative has been offered as pilot-project. The commitment and voluntary spirit of those involved with the program is supplemented by limited resources raised primarily from the DOTC Annual Golf Tournament. The Tournament is well-known and attracts participants from the First Nations, Corporate and Educational Sectors.

The education and sports initiative has been open to about 5000 students based primarily though not exclusively within the seven members First Nations of the Tribal Council and, those additional communities that are served by the Dakota Ojibway Police Services. Therefore, in addition to the said communities, students/youth have been invited from Canupawakpa Dakota Nation, Dakota Plains and Sioux Valley Dakota Nation. All our communities are proximate to Winnipeg, Brandon, Portage la Prairie and Morden.