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Focus on Indigenous initiatives and partnerships

Indigenous communities and businesses play an important role in generating wealth and jobs for local communities, and levels of self-employment and entrepreneurship are increasing. A total of 350,000 Indigenous youths will come of age by 2026 (Source: Public Policy Forum), and now is the time to address youth underemployment and the lack of essential skills among Indigenous youth and adults.

Indigenous workers have found themselves in a more vulnerable position economically due to the health and economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. While their overall employment levels have rebounded strongly in 2021 across Canada, the unemployment rate for Indigenous people in 2021 (11.6 percent) remained significantly higher than the unemployment rate for non-Indigenous people (7,4 percent) (Source: Statistics Canada).

Skills training and post-secondary education are two essential pillars needed  to support sustainable Indigenous economic development and to help build self-sufficient First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities. In collaboration with Indigenous leaders, organizations and communities across Canada, the Future Skills Centre has been advancing research and innovation projects to identify the skills most needed by Indigenous workers today and tomorrow.

We are committed to an inclusive approach to skills development, which includes ongoing innovation projects and research to better inform and support skills training and economic recovery in First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities across Canada.


Indigenous youth across Canada will come of age by 2026

$27.7 billion

liable to be generated by new Indigenous workers

46 projects

led by FSC and its partners to support Indigenous skills development

Indigenous women thrive in Manitoba tech training program

SPOTLIGHT: Indigenous History Month Resources

June is Indigenous History Month, an opportunity for everyone to learn more about Indigenous history in Canada.

This month, and every day, we are called upon to understand the role we play in achieving the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action and the importance of learning the true history of Canada’s treatment of First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples. We must take the time to learn about Canada’s history alongside historical and contemporary examples of of leadership, excellence, and community vibrancy among First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples so we can honour their experiences as we seek to address first “truth” and then, individual, systemic and societal “reconciliation” and action. 

Here are some resources, including books, maps, and websites:

Learn more about our partnerships and initiatives supporting Indigenous workers

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Indigenous ICT Development Centre

Exploring approaches to build awareness and capacity in the information and communications technology sector for…
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Leadership development for Indigenous communities

Indigenous communities will be empowered through a national Indigenous leadership program with links to industry…
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STEM skills and an innovation mindset for youth

This project develops STEM skills and an innovation mindset among youth.
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Securing sustainable northern fisheries

This partnership supports small-scale Arctic fisheries by introducing and promoting locally harvested products to Canada’s…
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Project Connect: Technology-enabled learning for Métis communities

Project Connect will design and test an online delivery model for a professional project administrator…
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Upskill and certify Indigenous child and youth practitioners

Create innovative educational opportunities that reduce barriers to Indigenous peoples’ participation and increase the number…

Discover reports on new approaches to Indigenous skills development

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Learning Together: STEM Outreach Programs for Indigenous Students

In Learning Together: STEM Outreach Programs for Indigenous Students, we were interested in free STEM…
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Mapping the Landscape: Indigenous Skills Training and Jobs in Canada

Indigenous businesses are growing and — importantly — creating employment for others. Further, self-employment and…
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Digital Differences: The impact of automation on the Indigenous economy in Canada

How is technological change, and specifically automation, affecting Indigenous workers in Canada? Digital Differences looks…
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Building Inclusive Workplaces

A one-size-fits-all approach to pandemic recovery will not work. Programs tailored to the specific needs…

Linking Skills to Employment in Inuit Nunangat

The economic opportunities currently available in Inuit Nunangat are not balanced. Economic opportunities in the…
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Twin Efforts: Opportunities for Collaboration in Indigenous Post-Secondary Educationexternal link icon

Indigenous Institutes play an essential role in helping Indigenous peoples—Canada’s fastest-growing population—prepare for the labour…