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Aboriginal youth join program to become paramedics

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Sixteen aboriginal youth have enrolled in a new program aimed at increasing aboriginal numbers in paramedicine.

Mayor Sam Katz said today that it is an exciting opportunity for the students.

"This is a tremendous opportunity for aboriginal youth to train in this field," Katz said.

The program, funded by the city, province, Manitoba Métis Federation, and other community partners, will see the youth spend 777 hours in training.

In 2011 only 14 of 269 paramedics were aboriginal.

Kevin.rollason@freepress.mb.ca

 

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