02/05/2012 04:38 EST | Updated 04/06/2012 05:12 EDT

Nova Scotia aboriginal community receives money for job training

ANTIGONISH, N.S. - The Canadian government has committed more than $1 million to help train aboriginal people in a Nova Scotia community for jobs in construction.

Defence Minister Peter MacKay announced Sunday in Antigonish that the Paqtnkek Mi'kmaw Nation would receive $1.3 million for it's Building an Employment-Ready Workforce project.

The money will help about 200 community members receive the training required for jobs in the construction and commercial development of Highway 104, a news release says.

The money was given through the government's Skill's and Partnership Fund, the statement says.