Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Arctic Drilling and a knowledge gap (Doug Matthews in Alberta Oil-The Business of Energy)

Arctic drilling review exposes gaps in northern training

Aboriginal northerners want more from frontier exploration
March 21, 2012
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Illustration Gracia Lam
Last September, the National Energy Board wrapped up its 16-month long Arctic Drilling Review with a five-day roundtable discussion in the Northwest Territories town of Inuvik. In amongst the presentations by industry, government, and even local high school students, one man asked a question about something very important to communities in the Beaufort Delta region where future Arctic offshore work in Canada will inevitably take place.
“The training that usually comes to our communities is at the low end, so we end up with the low-end paying jobs,” said Joshua Oliktoak. “It would be nice if we could get some real training into the communities at the community level, where it will be successful. And it would be nice if we could get some training where it’s going to help us get work after the job is done within the region.”

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