First Nation's Community Initiatives

Program Objective:

To assist First Nations' communities by providing a wholistic, integrated and common approach to the solution of educational, career, employment and infrastructure needs of Aboriginal people.


To provide training and employment opportunities for First Nations to develop their respective infrastructures, businesses, economies, human resource development, and community initiatives.


To stimulate Aboriginal community development that will contribute to the development of long term employment and business opportunities along with human resource needs.

Eligible Participants:

Unemployed First Nations members.
Those that seek career oriented goals.

Financial Parameters:

If unemployed/employed and eligible for regular funding (CRF) - negotiable rates are:

Up to a maximum of $9.50/hr for wages
Up to $8.00/hr per trainee for training costs
Up to $50.00/wk per trainee for overhead costs
Up to $5,000.00 for special costs

If unemployed and eligible for E.I. benefits either part 1 or 2 - negotiable rates are:

Up to a maximum of $9.50/hr for wages
Up to $8.00/hr per trainee for training costs
Up to $50.00/wk per trainee for overhead costs
Up to $5,000.00 for special costs
Up to maximum weekly E.I. benefits ($413) either combination of part 1 & 2 or only part 2 while on any "make work" projects.

Other Prerequisites:

That funding allocations for community initiatives be dependent upon community support and accountability to their communities.
That training be portable, training received in one community would be recognized in another community.
Training recognize experimental learning, Elder teachings, Aboriginal teaching methods, culture and languages.
That community initiatives seek to address community disparities and create or attempt to create jobs at the end of the program(s).

Criteria for First Nations' Community Initiatives:

That sponsoring First Nations groups would be responsible for the following:

  • Respect all Aboriginal people regardless of band affiliation, marital status, age, religion, gender and residency.
  • Assessments of participants to ascertain their educational and literacy levels.
  • Aboriginal standards/accreditation, according to community standards.
  • Issues of administration, clearing house and coordination.
  • Contract agreements and training.
  • Data collection and reporting procedures.
  • Support services.
  • Other.

Benefits to Individuals:

Participants would gain valuable work skills and experience that will lead to full time employment opportunities.
Participants would have a sense of self worth and accomplishment that will lead to overall personal healing and growth along with employment skills.

Benefits to Communities:

The community will have a more trained and efficient work force that would contribute to the overall development of the communities' infrastructures and objectives.
The community will receive increased ability for self-government due to the training of their people.
The community will have a better way of life for its people due to the skill level training and interventions received.

Note: This program could be considered to be similar to the "targeted wage subsidy, self-employment assistance, job creation partnerships, employment assistance services, labour market partnerships, research and innovation Employment Benefits/Support Measures established by HRDC" under Part 11 of the EI Act.

It is agreed that this understanding will not in any way limit SLAAMB's flexibility to use this program to meet the needs at the community level.

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