THERE ARE MANY PROGRAMS ACROSS CANADA designed specifically to introduce Indigenous Canadians to career opportunities through apprenticeship.

In addition to the programs below, check out your local construction association, colleges/technical institutes/universities and unions in your area for other programs focused on Indigenous people.

You might also want to check out these organizations:

“It’s the fact that we’re Native and brothers working together … breaking down the stereotype that we aren't hard workers. It's nice to know that people recognize us for doing something great and challenging.”
Jobriath Berbour, Ironworker, Haida Cree, MB

British Columbia

The Industry Training Authority (ITA) sponsors a number of training programs that can include education, training, counselling, support and even financial services. Check out the ITA website to learn about the various programs and to see if you’re eligible.

Alberta

The North East Alberta Apprentice Initiative supports and encourages candidates to enter and complete an apprenticeship program. Visit the Alberta Ministry of Advanced Education’s website to learn about resources and supports for Indigenous students in Alberta’s adult learning system.

The Trade Winds to Success program offers pre-apprenticeship training programs in a number of trades. Check out the Trade Winds to Success Training Society’s website for more information.

Saskatchewan

The Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies (SIIT) helps First Nations people to more easily enter into a skilled trade apprenticeship and helps graduates to find jobs. Check out the SIIT website to learn more about the construction trades programs available to you and to find your nearest career centre. They also have a Women in Trades program.

Manitoba

The Government of Manitoba offers an Indigenous Apprenticeship Training program that provides community-based training in First Nations and Métis communities. Visit Apprenticeship Manitoba for more information.

The Hydro Northern Training Initiative (HNTI) helps northern Indigenous residents find construction work at the Wuskwatim and Keeyask generating stations. Find out more about hydroelectric construction jobs and related training.

The Indigenous Leadership Development Institute can help you learn skills that are relevant to the construction trades, and also offers a women's program.

Ontario

Canadore College offers a General Carpenter Pre-Apprenticeship for Women program where you will be guided and supported in culturally inclusive strategies during training and placement, with continued support as you transition into the workplace or futher education.

You might also want to check out Aboriginal Apprenticeship Board of Ontario.

New Brunswick

Collège Communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick (CCNB) offers an Introduction to Trades program designed to assist Aboriginal learners to overcome their employment barriers. The program will look to build on the experience that community members have in renovation projects going on currently.

First in Trades (FIT) is a 5 year pilot project funded by the Government of Canada's (ESDC) Union Training and Innovation Program (UTIP), and in partnership with the New Brunswick Building Trades Unions (NBBTU) and the Joint Economic Development Initiative (JEDI), to provide a meaningful training and employment experience to Indigenous peoples and increase the participation of Indigenous apprentices among the affiliate unions of the NB Building Trades. The program provides support, problem solving, training and connections to the resources you need to be successful in a chosen Red Seal construction trade.

Nova Scotia

The Aboriginal Trades Project provides opportunities for off-reserve Aboriginal Peoples to have access to   skilled trades training programs and more.

The Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency also has some apprenticeship resources for Indigenous Peoples, inlcuding the Aboriginal Futures Career & Training Centre, a library of employment opportunities, cultural event listings and other information tailored to Mi’kmaq communities in the province.

Prince Edward Island

The Native Council of Prince Edward Island offers an Indigenous Skills and Employment Training (ISET) program to help Aboriginal Peoples prepare for and find high-demand jobs, including the skilled trades.

Newfoundland and Labrador

The Labrador Aboriginal Training Partnership (LATP) is a partnership between the three Labrador Aboriginal groups (Innu Nation, Nunatsiavut Government (NG), and NunatuKavut Community Council (NCC)) and provides training and workplace experience in skilled trades.

“It's doing a job that almost no one else can do, and that really means a lot to Aboriginal people.”
John Henhawk, Journeyperson Ironworker, Six Nations of the Grand River, ON

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