Indigenous Skills
and Employment Training Strategy (ISETS)

Under the ISETS, the programs, services and other activities undertaken by recipient organizations are required to be implemented within the framework of a long-range strategic plan that aligns the programming, services and other activities with the needs of the labour market, is responsive to the skills demands of employers, and promotes strategic partnerships with the private sector and other governments.


In 2005, Matawa First Nations Management received employment and training funds to provide community based employment and training opportunities to community members under the Aboriginal Human Resources Development Agreements (AHRDA).

In 2010, Human Resources Development Canada (HRSDC) will be changing their employment programs to the New Indigenous Skills and Employment Strategy (ISETS)

ISETS is now based on three strategic priorities:

  • Demand-driven skills development
  • Partnerships with the private sector, and across all levels of government
  • Accountability for improved skills

On October 1st, 2010 Matawa First Nations Management have developed a new Employment and Training Program called Kiikenomaga Kikenjigewen Employment & Training Services which will service, Aroland, Constance Lake, Eabametoong, Ginoogaming, Marten Falls, Neskantaga, Nibinamik, and Webequie First Nations.