01/17/2013 07:31 EST | Updated 03/19/2013 05:12 EDT

Feds, Saskatchewan, business fund aboriginal job training for mining industry

SASKATOON - Nearly $10 million in government money is going to a job training program to increase the number of aboriginal people working in northern Saskatchewan’s mining industry.

The federal government is contributing close to $8 million and the province $1.5 million to train 800 First Nations people for jobs.

Northern Saskatchewan Conservative MP Rob Clarke, who represented the federal government at the announcement, says good paying jobs for aboriginal people in the province’s mining industry can have huge spinoff benefits.

He says everyone benefits when First Nations, aboriginals, Métis people and Inuit take home their pay and spend it in their communities.

The money will go to the Northern Career Quest program.

The announcement was made at mining giant Cameco's head office in Saskatoon.