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Nelson House (Nisichawayasihk)

Jody Linklater
Regional Centre Coordinator
Nisichawayasihk Regional Centre is situated in the northern reserve of the  Nischawayasihk Cree Nation in Nelson House, Manitoba in the northern boreal forest region of the province.  Nisichawayasihk "where three rivers meet" is located on the north shore of  Footprint Lake at the junction of the Burntwood, Footprint and Rat rivers.  It is 75 kms northeast of Thompson and 843 kms north of Winnipeg, MB.  The population base is approximately 3500 on-reserve residents.
ATEC Centre

The Atoskiwin Training & Employment Centre (ATEC) is a 27,000-square-foot, fully accredited, non-profit, community-based, post-secondary training facility. The purpose-built facility, which officially opened May 25, 2006, is the first of its kind to be built on a Manitoba First Nation reserve. It provides jobs and training opportunities for work on the Wuskwatim hydroelectric generation project. Several hundred NCN Members have taken part in training programs since ATEC was first announced in April 2003, as part of the agreement NCN negotiated with Manitoba Hydro to build Wuskwatim.

While the Memorandum of Understanding was only signed on March 13, 2003 between Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation and Keewatin Community College (now University College of the North), the Nisichawaysihk (Nelson House) Regional Centre opened its doors July 1, 2003.  The centre currently operates from with the ATEC Centre.

To provide technical training and vocational education in NCN and to other first nation communities in northern Manitoba so as to produce and sustain a competitive Aboriginal workforce.
Regional Centre Amenities

•1 internet cafe/computer room
•1 seminar/video conference room
•Dining room/Cafeteria
•Vocational block - Carpentry, electrical, and welding shops
•Math/science lab
•Student & Staff lounges
•Office Space
Support Services

•Retention Support
•Pre-employment coordinator
•Programs coordinator
•Job Referral Service Coordinator
•Administrative Staff
•Computer Access/High Speed Internet
•Catering/Kitchen Staff
•Laundry Facilities

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  • Thompson Campus 55 UCN Drive, Thompson, MB R8N 1L7 Telephone: (204) 677-6450 / Toll Free: (866) 677-6450
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