The Four Winds group (Niiwin Wendaanimok) is getting over $1.9 million to continue training people for construction work on the twinning of the Trans-Canada Highway west of Kenora.

Chief Chris Skead from the Wauzhushk Onigum Nation says they will be able to train up to 50 youth in the construction industry.

"From heavy equipment to some of the safety avenues that accompany it...flagging," says Skead.

"I know there is a wide array of opportunities for our people and to build our capacity within."

Kenora-Rainy River MPP Greg Rickford says there is a shortage of workers for the twinning project, and the funding will help train more people for the construction work.

"More than 50 people will take part in training programs...road construction, to ensure that we have a work force ready to continue on.  It's my desire, and I think its one that's shared by leadership of Treaty #3, and people across Kenora-Rainy, that this highway twinning continues."

Four Winds is a partnership involving four first nations around Kenora:  Wauzhushk Onigum Nation, Shoal Lake #40, Washagamis Bay, and Niisaachewan Anishinaabe Nation (Dalles).