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Celebrating 20 years of opportunity for Indigenous youth across Canada

/EIN News/ --

Thunder Bay, Ontario, Aug. 24, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --

Today Outland, a division of Dexterra, celebrates the closing of its 20th year delivering the Outland Youth Employment Program (OYEP), which offers education, training and work opportunities to tomorrow’s leaders of Indigenous communities.

“OYEP is a great example of how our people are serving the wider community in a meaningful way,” said John Mac Cuish, President and CEO, Dexterra. “Dexterra is proud of the opportunity to work with Indigenous youths nation-wide. 20 years is an incredible achievement, and I know it’s just the beginning for the talented team who have built it to what it is today and will continue to reach new heights in the future.”

Started in 2000, OYEP is a local, community-driven initiative operated by Outland which works toward equity and opportunity for Indigenous youth through education, training and work opportunities. Youth are fully immersed in a natural resource-based work culture, including safety training, time management, remote and rotational work schedules and work-life balance.

In 2018, the program expanded into western Canada for the first time, offering the program in BC in addition to northern Ontario. This year, we further expanded its reach in western Canada with programming in Alberta and Manitoba. 

“At Outland we are very proud of what we have achieved with OYEP over the last 20 years,” said David Bradley, Indigenous Business Development and OYEP Founder. “OYEP inspires Indigenous youth to set career goals and offers access to new opportunities not available in traditional classrooms. I can’t stress enough how impressed I am with the accomplishments of the Rangers and their camp management teams each summer. Our national organizing team, led by Sarah Ambroziak and including Hamish Black, Mark Kmill and Ceilidh Milligan, deserve a ton of credit for taking OYEP to a whole new level over the past few years. Without their unique skills, passion and drive sustaining and growing OYEP would not be possible.”

About Dexterra
At Dexterra, we’ve been creating and managing places that play a vital role in the lives of millions. Whether it’s at their workplace, the airport, out shopping or while they’re serving our country.

With operations in 11 of 13 provinces and territories, we provide quality solutions for ongoing maintenance and operations to clients in the aviation, defence & security, retail, commercial, private industry, healthcare, education and government sectors. Our expertise in bringing together the right people with the right skills to transform service delivery and improve your customers’ experiences is what sets us apart.

Through Outland, a division of Dexterra, we’ve been supplying and operating full-service remote workforce housing and providing reforestation solutions for over 30 years. From barge access only in Nunavut and Northern Quebec to large, customized lodges and camps, our experience spans across Canada and includes some of the most critical and complex environments. We offer turnkey workforce solutions, including project management, structure supply, installation and logistics and catering and operations anywhere in Canada.


Cody Johnstone