The Anishinabek Nation has held a Labour Market Development Agreement with Canada since 1996. The current agreement with Canada is the Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy (ASETS) Agreement. The existing First Nation Employment and Training programs and services provided by the UOI Local Delivery Mechanism (LDM) offices are critical in assisting First Nation citizens gain the skills and training required to enter the labour market and succeed.

The purpose of these agreements is to deliver employment and training programs and services that address the labour market needs of workers and employers in the designated First Nation communities. ASETS aims to improve labour market outcomes by supporting demand driven skills development, fostering partnerships with private and public sectors and emphasizing increased accountability and results.

Program Information

The Union of Ontario Indians delivers employment and training programs under the current agreement to 25 participating First Nations through the utilization of sub agreements with First Nation based LDM (Local Delivery Mechanism) Organizations.
The 9 Local Delivery Mechanisms are:
  1. Anishinabek Employment and Training Services
  2. Fort William First Nation
  3. Gezhtoojig Employment and Training
  4. Long Lake #58 First Nation.
  5. Mnidoo Mnising Employment and Training
  6. M’Chigeeng First Nation
  7. Thessalon First Nation
  8. Nipissing First Nation
  9. Whitesand First Nation

The LDM’s programming include:

  • Wage Subsidies
  • Project based training
  • Purchase of training
  • Community development initiatives
  • Summer employment and,
  • Youth projects.

The Union of Ontario Indians also delivers the First Nation and Inuit Child Care Centre Initiative (FNICCI) to 9 participating First Nation Child Care Centres. Childcare funds are utilized for Enhancement and Enrichment of existing licensed Child care Centres. These funds can be used to train staff, enhance playgrounds, and subsidize wages. The communities are: Henvey Inlet First Nation, M’Chigeeng First Nation, Whitefish River First Nation, Wasauksing First Nation, Long Lake #58 First Nation, Pic River First Nation, Nipissing First Nation (2), and Aundeck Omni Kaning First Nation.

Administrative Office

The ASETS Labour Market Development is the administrative office located at the Union of Ontario Indians head office, Nipissing First Nation, North Bay, Ontario.  The administrative office does not deliver front-line programs and services.  The ASETS LMD do provide administrative assistance to the Local Delivery Mechanisms with advice, support, advocacy, and coordinates LDM staff training for professional development of front-line staff.  LDM quarterly meetings are held throughout the year in January, March, June and October.

Aboriginal Youth Initiatives

If you are between the ages of 15 – 30, you may wish to check information on Aboriginal Youth Initiatives with a service provider (LDM) in your home community or within your area.  For more information, please visit: