EAST – Employment & Training

The Indigenous  Skills and Employment Training Strategy (ISETS) is the federal government’s successor strategy to the Indigenous  Human Resources Development Strategy (AHRDS) and is designed to help improve the employment opportunities of Indigenous  peoples and enable them to fully participate in the Canadian economy in a relationship based on mutual trust, respect and openness.

In June 2009, the Government of Canada announced a new Federal Framework for Indigenous Economic Development, a government-wide platform for the improvement of Indigenous participation in the economy.  The Indigenous Skills and Employment Training Strategy (ISETS) supports one of the key pillars of the Framework – a skilled Indigenous workforce – by improving labour market outcomes for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit people via demand-driven skills development, strategic partnerships, and increased accountability. Launched in April 2010, ISETS is a partnership- and results-based, integrated approach to Indigenous Labour market programming that links training to Labour market demand and ensures that the growing Indigenous population is able to fully participate in economic opportunities. The objective of the ISETS is to increase Indigenous participation in the Canadian labour market, ensuring that First Nations, Inuit, and Métis people are engaged in sustainable, meaningful employment.

Under ISETS, employment services and skills development programming will be aligned with the needs of the labour market.

The First Nations Job Fund (FNJF), which will be managed using the ISETS Terms and Conditions, targets eligible First Nations Income assistance (IA) recipients on reserve.

Other Indigenous  labour market programs, such as FNJF, that use the ISETS Terms and Conditions are designed to help Indigenous  people to prepare for, obtain and maintain meaningful and sustainable employment; assist Indigenous  youth to make successful transitions from school to work or to support their return to school; and support child care programs. Through ISETS and similar Indigenous  labour market programs, the diverse needs of the Indigenous  population – including youth, persons with disabilities, parents in need of child care, and participants with multiple barriers – will be served, while remaining flexible and responsive to regional circumstances (e.g., the North, rural, remote, urban).

In addition, 3 items have been clearly identified as priorities for ISETS;

  • Demand-driven skills development;
  • Partnership development; and
  • Accountability for results

ISETS came into effect on April 1, 2019 and will expire on March 31, 2029


The overall vision of the Employment and Training Program is for all Brokenhead Ojibway Nation members to access the skills necessary to reach their employment and career goals for a sustainable future.


The Employment and Training Program values the strengths of Brokenhead Ojibway Nation Members. The program therefore uses a strength-based, empowering approach, grounded in working towards goals.


The goals of the Brokenhead Ojibway Nation Employment and Training Program are to promote:

  • Skilled laborers with willingness to work;
  • Long-term employment opportunities;
  • Sustainable economic future.

The objectives are:

  • Increase individual skills capacity to support their families;
  • Promote employment and link individuals to opportunities;
  • Partnering with other service providers to support individuals.
  • Meet the diverse needs of individuals-including youth, persons with disabilities, parents in need of child care and participants facing multiple barriers to employment.