Local 793 Indigenous Relations Coordinator, Jim Jacobs, continues to assist in the Union’s mission to make more Indigenous youth aware of the life-changing opportunities open to them as an Operating Engineer.

Brother Jacobs, a member of the Mohawk/Bear Clan of the Six Nations of the Grand River, took part in the Annual Aboriginal Youth Career Awareness Fair at the Aamjiwnaang First Nation (pronounced am-JIN-nun) in Sarnia on March 7. He chatted with students from seven southwestern Ontario First Nations communities about his own career path and made them aware of the fee-free pre-apprenticeship training available to Indigenous youth through the Operating Engineers Training Institute of Ontario (OETIO).

Brother Jacobs will also be manning the OETIO information booth when Aecon-Six Nations (A6N) stages an open house to celebrate its new location east of the Oneida Business Park in Caledonia on March 22, before attending the Georgina Island First Nations Trades Fair at Chippewas of Georgina Island Community Hall on March 27.

Local 793 provides an Indigenous pre-apprenticeship program through the Operating Engineers Training Institute of Ontario (OETIO). Visit oetio.com for more information.

Jim Jacobs with Chief Chris Plain
Local 793 Indigenous Relations Coordinator Jim Jacobs (left) is greeted by Aamjiwnaang First Nation Chief Chris Plain at the recent careers fair in Sarnia.
Jim Jacobs with First Nations students.
Brother Jacobs discusses the OETIO pre-apprenticeship application process with First Nations students in Sarnia.