“To provide culturally appropriate opportunities for education, training and employment by providing professional advisory, support services, relevant systems and programs to empower individuals to take initiative for change in their own lives”.
On September 2009 Human Resource Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) announced the new aboriginal employment and training program entitled Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy (ASETS).
ASETS has three strategic priorities:
Demand Driven Skills Development
Accountability for improved results
The ASETS program commences October 1, 2010 to March 31, 2015
The creation of Kiikenomaga Kikenjigewen Employment & Training Services (KKETS) has been made possible by assistance of funding from HRSDC. It is the objective of the Kiikenomaga Kikenjigewen Employment & Training Services to be able to provide relevant training initiatives and create employment opportunities within its service area.
The delivery, design and criteria for employment and training initiatives will include the following:
The program design will be reflective of cultural components, First Nations languages, traditional values and spiritual beliefs
The training will develop skills that are transferable and portable in order to be of use in any labor market situation
The flexibility will be considered when designing the programs to better meet the individual’s needs, rather than attempting to force into the legislative policies
When a training program is established, KKETS may consider flexible delivery in accommodating trainees’ circumstances for example; location, family obligations, traditional pursuits and season
The ASETS program will provide more training initiatives for individuals who are unemployed or underemployed including Capacity Building to reinforce new skills for labour market demands
Kiikenomaga Kikenjigewen Employment and Training (KKETS) is an Agreement Holder that has been recognized by the Government of Canada with the objectives to provide service delivery and to administer funds for its communities and surrounding Thunder Bay area.
KKETS will strive to create partnership agreements with businesses to assist with employment and on- the-job training opportunities for individuals that have completed a specific training program.
Individuals and organizations affiliated with the following First Nations are eligible for service & funding through KKETS:
Aroland First Nation – Robinson Meshake 1-807-329-5970 x.2570
Eabametoong First Nation – Derek Yellowhead 1-807-242-7221
Constance Lake First Nation -Samantha John-George 1-807-463-4511
Ginoogaming First Nation – Maureen Echum 1-807-876-1660
Marten Falls First Nation – Yvonne Baxter 1-807-349-2509
Neskantaga First Nation – Edward Moonias 1-807-479-2570
Nibinamik First Nation – Stacy Wabasse 1-807-593-2131
Webequie First Nation – Timothy Sofea 1-807-353-5251
All First Nation members or non-members regardless of place of residence, age and gender have the right to access employment type services provided by KKETS in a fair & equitable manner. For non-affiliated individuals that are seeking financial aid, KKET will contact and work with their respective ASETS Agreement Holder for sponsorship eligibility.