Helping to expand an industry

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Hoping they can eventually receive 100 per cent of the fish quota available in what is now a dwindling fishery on Great Slave Lake, a new program at the Soaring Eagle Friendship Centre in Hay River, Northwest Territories, is training the next generation of Great Slave Lake fishermen.

Together with the British Columbia Institute of Technology, the free course is helping prepare students for the commercial fishing trade with in-class and on-the-job training in Hay River, teaching skills you don’t learn in high school but are essential for working on a fishing boat.

Designed to give students a leg up into the industry, the goal of the Program is to build up the workforce and help expand the industry.