Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy

From Employment and Social Development Canada

The Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy (ASETS) aims to increase Indigenous participation in the Canadian labour market, ensuring that First Nations, Inuit and Métis people are engaged in sustainable, meaningful employment.

ASETS is a labour market program that provides a variety of skills development and job training services—from the acquisition of essential skills such as literacy and numeracy to more advanced training for in-demand jobs.

Funding from the Strategy supports Indigenous service delivery organizations, which deliver employment and training services through over 600 points of service across Canada. ASETS is linked to the Employment Insurance Act, which enables Indigenous groups to deliver programs similar to those established by Part II of the Act.

Currently, ASETS supports skills development and training obligations specified in modern treaties and self-government agreements that are in place with some Indigenous groups. The ASETS network also funds the First Nations and Inuit Child Care Initiative (FNICCI), which is a separate program. FNICCI helps increase the supply of quality child care services that are culturally sensitive and affordable in First Nations and Inuit communities to a level comparable to what is available for the general population. This is done to support First Nations and Inuit early childhood development, as well as to provide child care for First Nations and Inuit caregivers so that they may work and/or participate in job training and skills development programs.

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