Aboriginal Employment Resources

Aboriginal youth represent a large job seeking population in Calgary and businesses need to prepare their work environments so they can successfully hire and retain Aboriginal employees. There are many resources available to support and assist business, in the hiring and job training of Aboriginal youth, which range anywhere from job placement services to wage subsidy programs. As well, the City of Calgary Youth Employment Centre offers a free job posting service where businesses can post positions. Or, you can call the Centre's Employer Liason.


  1. Is there financial assistance available for hiring Aboriginal youth?
  2. Are there Aboriginal employment serving agencies in Calgary?
  3. Are there Aboriginal specific education and training programs available for Aboriginal youth?
  4. Are there any Aboriginal Awareness training programs available for businesses to access in Calgary?
  5. Are there any Aboriginal Employment Partnership initiatives in Calgary?

1) Is there financial assistance available for hiring Aboriginal youth?

Both Treaty Seven Economic Development Corporation and the Métis Nation of Alberta Zone III offer wage subsidy and summer student internship programs. These programs will subsidize an employee's wage for an initial time frame in partnership with the business. The goals of both programs are to increase a youth's job related work skills, in a specific industry, with the intent of employment (for the wage subsidy) at the end of the contract period. The Federal Government (Human Resource and Skills Development) has internship and subsidy programs available to assist business as well.

Treaty Seven Economic Development Corporation
Some programs include wage subsidies, self-employment assistance, employment assistance services, labour market partnerships, summer career placements and individual funding for First Nations people administered through Aboriginal Futures Career and Training Centre (AFC&TC) in Calgary.

Métis Nation of Alberta Zone III
Some programs include wage subsidies, employment assistance services, labour market partnerships, and individual funding, for Métis people, administered through the Métis Employment Services Zone III office in Calgary.

Human Resources Skills Development Canada
This site provides a list of Federal employment and student internship information available for businesses.


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2) Are there Aboriginal employment serving agencies in Calgary?

There are two main Aboriginal employment agencies in Calgary which are Aboriginal Futures Career and Training Centre (located in south Calgary by Chinook Mall) and Métis Employment Services Zone III (located in North East Calgary). Both agencies service Aboriginal people and have Employment Counsellors, computers, resource areas, job postings and training programs. As well, there is an Aboriginal Temp Agency in Calgary (for job seekers and employers) that places Aboriginal people in temporary jobs in and around Calgary in various industries. Employers who are seeking Aboriginal people to fill job positions, within their company, can contact Spirit Staffing (administration) and Fast Labour Solutions (labour and warehouse) and they will help you with your work force needs.

Spirit Staffing and Consulting Inc.
An Aboriginal owned and operated employment placement agency committed to providing high quality employment services to Aboriginal people in and around Calgary.

Aboriginal Futures Career and Training Centre
Assists and prepares Aboriginal people in creating a career and job search action plan. They provide job placement and training services to Aboriginal people in Calgary and employers can post jobs on their job board.

Métis Nation of Alberta Employment Services Zone III
This agency provides services to Métis people in Calgary which includes skills training and employment and career counselling assistance. Employers can post jobs on their job board.


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3) Are there Aboriginal specific education and training programs available for Aboriginal youth?

There is a variety of training and education programs, that Aboriginal youth access, in Calgary. This site highlights most of these programs and you just have to click on the button (on the left side of this page) to access each section. If you are an employer who is interested in providing a work experience or job shadow to an Aboriginal youth, contact any of the programs highlighted in each section to explore partnership opportunities. The City of Calgary Youth Employment Centre provides services to Aboriginal youth year round and are always looking for employers who are willing to host a work experience student or post jobs.

City of Calgary Youth Employment Centre Aboriginal Youth Outreach Services
This page provides an overview of the City of Calgary Youth Employment Centre Aboriginal Youth Services.


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4) Are there any Aboriginal Awareness training programs available for businesses to access in Calgary?

There are different avenues a business can follow when it comes to providing and increasing aboriginal awareness within their workforce. For example, Ripple Effects provides corporate training online and in a workshop format at cost. There are agencies and consultants in Calgary that provide aboriginal awareness workshops and will tailor their training to meet your workplace and industry needs. To find out who and what is available in Calgary, you can call any of the Aboriginal employment agencies mentioned above and speak to a Job Developer there for contact information. Talk to other businesses and corporations, to learn from their best practices and experiences. The Federal Government has a national Aboriginal Workforce Participation Initiative (AWPI) which provides free consulting and awareness training to businesses around the country. AWPI has a provincial representative in each province.

Ghost River Re-discovery
Their program gives a general understanding of Aboriginal issues, combined with a presentation, that uses activities to enhance a person's understanding of present issues. Facilitators will guide you using their own experiences.

Aboriginal Workforce Participation Initiative (AWPI)
The Aboriginal Workforce Participation Initiative is a national initiative designed to help employers recruit, retain and promote Aboriginal employees.

Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business
Their mission is to broker business relationships between the corporate sector and the Aboriginal community. They do that by providing the private sector with the resources it needs to engage Aboriginal people, businesses and communities.

Ripple Effects
This program has been designed to create further understanding between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people.

Aboriginal Awareness E-learning program (Urban Society for Aboriginal Youth)
This free course is designed to help you as an employer or supervisor of Aboriginal employees understand the current social, economic, and political situation of Aboriginal peoples and provide you with the tools to increase Aboriginal employment and retention. This eLearning course can be taken at any time and modules taken in any order. The course participant simply needs to choose the module that seems most relevant to their needs. The content is fresh and designed with the Human Resources employer in mind


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5) Are there any Aboriginal employment partnership initiatives in Calgary?

There are two main Aboriginal employment partnership initiatives in Calgary for business and industry to participate in. First, there is the Calgary Urban Aboriginal Initiative (CUAI) Employment Domain which hosts quarterly meetings, for a variety of stakeholders, in Calgary. Stakeholders include employers, agencies, consultants, front line and not for profit and students. The membership is free and the mission of the Employment Domain is to provide a venue where stakeholders can meet, discuss and form partnerships which address barriers Aboriginal people face when seeking and maintaining employment in Calgary. As well, the Chamber of Commerce Aboriginal Opportunities Committee (AOC) meets once a month for Chamber members (and community members) to discuss and develop solutions for Aboriginal employment.


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Links

National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation
Blueprint for the Future (BFF) is a project of the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation that provides Aboriginal youth with a forum where they can be exposed to a variety of educational and employment related information.

Aboriginal Human Resources Development Council of Canada
Established in 1998, AHRDCC is Canada's Aboriginal Sector Council and a pillar of the Aboriginal Human Resource Development Strategy. Working collectively through strategic public and private sector partnerships, they develop innovative employment solutions for Aboriginal people.

Aboriginal Inclusion Network
This is national network that connects employers to Aboriginal job seekers.

Aboriginal Multi-Media Society
An on-line and hard copy National Aboriginal newspaper with a career and job postings section where employers have the opportunity to post jobs

DIAND Youth Employment Strategy (Department of Indian and Northern Affairs)
This link will benefit employers as they can apply for money for four programs. The four Aboriginal youth programs include First Nations and Inuit Summer Career Placement Program, First Nations and Inuit Youth Business Program, First Nations and Inuit Work Experience Program and the First Nations Science and Technology camp.

Central Alberta Economic Partnership
This website offers industry specific information on wage subsidies for full-time employees, summer students, Aboriginal peoples or persons with disabilities.

Skills Investment Strategies
This website offers information on adult training and employment programs that make individuals more responsive to their needs and to the skill requirements of a changing labour market. Training dollars or wage subsidy programs may be available.


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