MNBC/EnCana Training Partnership Addresses Skilled Labour Shortage

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (June 7, 2006) - Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC) and EnCana Corporation today officially launched an innovative educational partnership with the goal of training 100 Métis drilling rig technicians over the next three years to help fill the growing demand for rig workers in northeast British Columbia.

The MNBC/EnCana Employment and Training Initiative, which is called the Pre-Employment Floorman (Roughneck) Program, will engage participants with a practical, hands-on, immersion-style training program in a realistic drilling camp environment. Participants in the comprehensive 20-day program learn how to safely operate and maintain drilling equipment and the job functions relevant to the drilling floor and deck crew operations, as well as the specific skills of a roustabout and lease hand. In addition to the technical training, all students participate in an Oilfield Fitness Program and a Job Readiness Program. As well students will receive industry support for securing employment upon graduation.

According to MNBC President Bruce Dumont, "This agreement will provide valuable opportunities for our Métis workforce. The completion of the intensive training offers the graduating Métis students full time employment and an excellent starting wage, which will enhance and improve their lifestyle."

Michael McAllister, Vice-President of EnCana's Peace Country Business Unit, said, "This training partnership was designed to accomplish two important goals, which are to advance the participation of Métis workers in our industry and address the growing demand we have for skilled workers to participate in our drilling and development programs. And, the fact that a recent pilot program achieved a 100 percent graduation rate and a 90 percent employment rate, speaks to the strength and relevance of this approach."

The three-year Employment & Training Initiative will cost approximately Cdn$1 million, with EnCana contributing Cdn$250,000 and MNBC committing the balance through their training resource funding.

With more than five decades of experience in Western Canada, EnCana is one of North America's leading natural gas producers, and is among the largest holders of gas and oil resource lands onshore North America. By partnering with employees, community organizations and other businesses, EnCana contributes to the strength and sustainability of the communities in which we operate. For more information on EnCana, visit

For further Information:

MNBC contact:
Keith Henry
Chief Executive Officer

Bruce Dumont
EnCana contact:
Myra Ripley
Communications Advisor

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