Aboriginal Skills Employment & Training Strategy Program

ASETS Purpose

Accessing to proper Employment & Training and sustaining employment continues to be an issue in the Northern and remote Indigenous communities. Issues relating to limited job and training opportunities and ability to access trained workforce continue to impact the individuals in the MKO First Nations. In spite of these obstacles, MKO ASETS continue to work diligently to work towards assisting the First Nations members.

The Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy (ASETS) supports # Aboriginal organizations throughout Canada that deliver skills and training and support services to prepare First Nations, Metis, and Inuit people to succeed in the workforce. ASETS was launched in April 2010 with support of $1.6 billion for 5 years. The three pillars that support ASETS are: Demand-Driven Skills Development; Partnerships; and Accountability for improved results. The three pillars determine what kind of programs and expenses are elibible for ASETS funding.

MKO ASETS is one of the 58 First Nation ASETS Holders and deliver of funds directly to 32 Sub-Agreement Holders (SAH’s); 2 of which deliver to 10 Sub-Sub-Agreement Holders (See MKO ASETS  Organizational Chart).  The ASETS funding is delivered to 24 MKO First Nation communities, reaching a combined total of 65,916 population through it’s SAH’s and Sub-Sub-SAH’s.

Photos from the ASETS Essential Skills for Thriving Childcare Communities Workshop, November 19-23, 2018.

MKOASETS is governed by a Board of Directors that is elected from the 34 member First Nations; each community is known as a “Sub-Agreement Holder” and MKOASETS is known as the “Primary Agreement Holder”.

The articles of incorporation of MKO ASETS support the principle of grassroots or local decision-making while promoting, advocating and addressing the needs of First Nations through their local boards.

MKOASETS supports their member First Nations (Sub-Agreement Holders – SAHs) by achieving greater success in employment and training initiatives through:

1.  Identifying Labour Market Opportunities

2.  Building Capacity & Facilitating Development

3.  Creating Partnerships with Industry & Educators

4.  Ensuring Fiscal Accountability

For training and employment services, please communicate with us via our Contact Page for more information.

MKO ASETS can assist you through your First Nation Agreement Holder with your Career and Employment goals utilizing many programs.

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All funds provided to applicant are spent and accounted for in accordance with their Contribution Agreements. If there is a year-end surplus, it is identified, and applied (carried forward) to the next training period. Any funds remaining at the end of the ASETS will be returned to Funder.

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MKO North has provided the forms and guides for applicants interest in the ASETS program. Please feel free to browse the forms.

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All individuals accessing any type of program funds must complete and sign the additional necessary forms required under that program(s).  All program funding requests are subject to availability of funds.

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ASETS Conf Feb 21 & 22, 2018
ASETS ARMS & PRIME Mar 16-19

MKOASETS is looking for participants who attended and completed training through Employment & Training between 2014 and present to share with First Nation organizations and to showcase on this website!

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Please click here to download a PDF showing our Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy Sub-Agreement Holders Community List

May 31, 2018 – Monthly ARMS Uploads
June 29, 2018 – Audit Statement of Revenue and Expenditure Report Annual Reports
June 30, 2018 – Monthly ARMS Uploads
July 30, 2018 – 1st Quarter Expense Report
July 31, 2018 – Monthly ARMS Uploads
August 30, 2018 – ASETS Annual Report (MKO ONLY)
August 31, 2018 – Monthly ARMS Uploads
September 30, 2018 – Monthly ARMS Uploads
October 30, 2018 – 2nd Quarter Expense Report and Carry over Expense Report
October 31, 2018 – Monthly ARMS Uploads
November 30, 2018 – ASETS Annual Report (MKO ONLY)
October 31, 2018 – Monthly ARMS Uploads
December 31, 2018 – 3rd Quarter Expense Report
December 31, 2018 – Monthly ARMS Uploads
January 15, 2019 – Annual Operation Plan
January 30, 2019 – 3rd Quarter Expense Report
January 31, 2018 – Monthly ARMS Uploads
February 28, 2018 – Monthly ARMS Uploads
March 31, 2018 – Monthly ARMS Uploads

MKO acknowledges the support and funding for its programming from the federal Government of Canada, particularly Employment & Social Development Canada.