Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy (ASETS)

“Helping Anishnawbe people obtain employment and careers to foster their personal goals”
The Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy (ASETS) is designed to help improve the employment and training opportunities of our First Nation peoples which meets 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.



ASETS manages three (3) Sub Agreements for the local delivery of employment and training opportunities within their respective First Nation communities.

These three (3) Local Delivery Mechanisms (LDM) are:
  • Naadmaadwiiuk LDM which covers the membership of:
    Serpent River First Nation, Atikameksheng Anishnawbek and Mississauga First Nation 
  • Garden River First Nation LDM covers the membership of: Garden River First Nation
  • Sagamok Anishnawbek covers the members of: Sagamok Anishnawbek

Each Local Delivery Mechanism has the autonomy to offer labour market specific programs that will be available from their location.  First Nation members who are unemployed, underemployed or require skills development may apply.

If you need further information to find out which programs are being offered contact;

NaadmaadwiiukLot #473, Hwy 17Cutler, On, P0P 1B0Phone # (705) 844-2340, Fax # (705) 844-2563 
Toll Free # 1-877-633-7558

Sagamok Anishnawbek, P.0. Box 610Massey, ONP0P 1P0Phone # (705) 865-2421Fax # (705) 865-1509
Toll Free #1-800-567-2896

Garden River First Nation, 6 Shingwauk StGarden River, ONP6A 7B2Phone # (705) 256-5413 
Fax# (705)256-6880

ASETS Labour Market Programs And Services

      The following labour market programs and services available to our First Nation membership are:

    • First Nation people with Disabilities – First Nation persons who self-identity as having a disability and are in need of assistance to prepare for, find and maintain employment or self–employment may qualify for financial support.
    • Employment Supports/ Mobility Assistance – participants with confirmed offer of full-time employment for 6 months or longer may be provided one-time assistance to begin full-time employment. (relocation must be a minimum of 100 km may qualify for relocation assistance).
    • Job Creation Partnerships – To provide unemployed workers to maintain and develop skills in order to enter or re-enter the labour market and at the same time encouraging community development.
    • Job Opportunity Program/Targeted Wage Subsidy– Unemployed individuals facing employment barriers may be provided with training and work experience with qualified employers/trainers to gain valuable knowledge and skills necessary to enter the labour force.
    • Self Employment Assistance – Unemployed individuals who want to start their own business and to become self-employed may qualify for assistance while starting their business during the preliminary startup phase.
    • Skills Enhancement/Direct Course Purchase and Pre-Apprenticeship/Apprenticeship – Unemployed/underemployed persons who require assistance to overcome existing or anticipated labour market barriers may qualify for training courses with qualified trainers.
    • Youth Work Experience Program – First Nation youth between the ages of (15-30) who have not successfully been able to find employment in their chosen career or educational paths may qualify for assistance.
    • First Nations Job Fund – First Nation youth between the ages of 18-24 years old and in receipt of Social Assistance or eligible for Social Assistance may apply for funding assistance for skills training opportunities.
Who Can Apply?

Members of the five (5) First Nation communities living on and off reserve.  The Local Delivery Mechanism (LDM) will assess each application and may recommend funding for employment and training interventions that meet the established funding criteria.

All applicants must take part in employment counseling prior to being recommended for funding.

We will also provide, upon request, client assessment and access to relevant labour market information to Aboriginal peoples who are not members of our eligible clientele who come to our points of service.

Programming Application Forms Available Here soon

Links to Labour Market Information and Services:

Other Links
Ontario ASETS Agreement Holders

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