Labour Market Development




Affect positive change for Anishinabek Nation’s communities and individuals in the Labour Market and Early Learning Child Care settings.


We set out to meet our vision with our connections and strength for capacity building and accountability to community. We will provide support and sustainable resources to promote achievements in employment and life-long learning in partnership with service providers.


Integrity – honouring our commitments, we are guided by our 7 Grandfather Teachings (Truth, Humility, Love, Honesty, Bravery, Wisdom, Respect).

Respect – honouring all of creation, appreciating diversity and culture, fostering reciprocity and responsiveness.

Collaboration – honouring our relationships in working together, inviting opportunities for knowledge building and co-creation through communication, connection, and partnerships.

Accountability – honouring our responsibility to produce measurable results leading to progress and sustainability.

Strategic Goals

Advance – Program growth through development and accountability support to communities.

Restore – Honouring community cultural knowledge and creating space for the restoration of culture and language in early years programs.

Maintain – Ensure program sustainability through program delivery, obligations and understanding with First Nation Leadership and Federal partnerships.

Change – Improve community, employment, education, skill and income levels through individual skills development and employment opportunities.

Labour Market Development Department – Administrative Office

The Labour Market Development Department (LMDD) administrative office does not deliver front-line programs and services. The LMDD does provide administrative assistance to the Local Delivery Mechanisms (LDM) & Childcare Centres with advice, support and advocacy, as well as coordinates regular LDM & Early Learning meetings for the professional development of front-line staff.


The Labour Market Development Department overlooks three main agreements:

  • Indigenous Skills & Employment Training Program (ISETP)
  • First Nation and Inuit Child Care (FNICCI)
  • Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC)

Indigenous Skills & Training Program (ISETP)

The Anishinabek Nation has held a Labour Market Development Agreement with Canada since 1996. The current agreement with Canada is the Indigenous Skills & Employment Training Program. The existing First Nation Employment and Training programs and services provided by the Anishinabek Nation 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 this agreement is to deliver employment and training programs and services that address the labour market needs of workers and employers in the designated First Nations. ISETP 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.

The 8 Local Delivery Mechanisms are:

  1. Fort William First Nation
  2. Gezhtoojig Employment and Training
  3. Dokis First Nation
  4. Henvey Inlet First Nation
  5. Magnetawan First Nation
  6. Wahnapitae First Nation
  7. Wasauksing First Nation
  8. Long Lake #58 First Nation
  9. Mnidoo Mnising Employment and Training
  10. Aundeck Omni Kaning First Nation
  11. Sheguiandah First Nation
  12. Sheshegwaning First Nation
  13. Whitefish River First Nation
  14. Zhibaahaasing First Nation
  15. M’Chigeeng First Nation
  16. Thessalon First Nation
  17. Nipissing First Nation
  18. Whitesand First Nation

The LDM’s programming include:

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

First Nation and Inuit Child Care (FNICCI)

The Anishinabek Nation also delivers the First Nation and Inuit Child Care Centre Initiative 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:

  • Aundeck Omni Kaning First Nation
  • Henvey Inlet First Nation
  • Long Lake #58 First Nation
  • M’Chigeeng First Nation
  • Nipissing First Nation (2)
  • Pic River First Nation
  • Wasauksing First Nation
  • Whitefish River First Nation

Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC)

The Anishinabek Nation delivers the Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC) funding to all 39 Anishinabek First Nations. This funding is used to support the Indigenous Early Learning and Childcare Framework, which addresses the unique needs and priorities of First Nations children and families. This framework’s vision is achieved through a First Nations-led ELCC system of programs and services that are designed and governed by First Nations. For more information, please see the attached framework or visit