Indigenous Skills Employment Training Program

Changes to the Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy

Starting in April 2019, the Indigenous Skills and Employment Training (ISET) Program will replace the Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy (ASETS). The new ISET Program will include four distinct labour market strategies: First Nations, Inuit, Métis and Urban/Non-affiliated. With Indigenous partners, the Government is advancing reconciliation by creating more job training opportunities for Indigenous people.

The Indigenous Skills and Training Employment Training (ISET) is a program for Indigenous people who are looking to improve their job skills and find employment.



All Indigenous people, including First Nations, Inuit and Métis, may access ISET programs and services, regardless of status or location.

If you are First Nations, Inuit or Métis and looking to improve your job training or skills, start by finding an ISET service delivery organization near you.

What is offered

To help meet labour market demands, ISET service delivery organizations offer a variety of employment programs and services. Using an integrated approach, ISET will link your training needs to labour market demands, providing you with training or skills upgrading and with help finding a job.

All Indigenous people, regardless of status or location, may access its programs and services, which include:

  • training for skills development;
  • training for employment;
  • mentoring for high-demand jobs;
  • targeted job coaching to Indigenous people, including Indigenous people with disabilities; and
  • child care support.


ESDC Indigenous child care programming

First Nations and Inuit child care

Some First Nations and Inuit ISET service delivery organizations also provide access to child care through the First Nations and Inuit Child Care Initiative (FNICCI).

The FNICCI provides access to quality child care services for First Nations and Inuit parents who are starting a new job or participating in a training program.

With an investment of $50 million, the FNICCI has supported over 8,500 child care spaces in 486 First Nations and Inuit communities across Canada.

Depending on your local service delivery organization, the FNICCI offers pre-school spaces and after-school programs.

Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care Framework

Throughout 2017, the Government of Canada engaged with Indigenous partners to co-develop the Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care Framework (IELCC). The new IELCC will reflect the unique cultures, languages, traditions, values, customs and needs of First Nations, Inuit and Métis children across Canada.

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

MKO ISET is governed by a Board of Directors that is elected from the 24 member First Nations; each community is known as a “Sub-Agreement Holder” and MKO ISET is known as the “Primary Agreement Holder”.

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

MKO ISET 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.

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. Please contact your local Employment & Training Coordinator.


For more information on eligibility, please follow the link below:

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

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 ISET will be returned to Funder.

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

We will be holding a contest on Success Stories at our Indigenous Skills Employment Training Program Seminar June 10-14, 2019.

We will be drawing 5 success stories in each of three categories, and each will receive a $100 cash prize!

To be a part of this contest please send in the template in our Share Your Story section, as well as either a written contribution or a video explaining your Success story through the ISET (formerly ASETS) program.

Please success stories to Freda Lepine at [email protected] by June 5, 2019 to take part in this contest.

See Our Current Success Stories

MKO ISET is looking for participants who attended and completed training through Employment & Training (formerly ASETS) between 2014 and present to share with First Nation organizations and to showcase on this website! 

Share your Success Story Contest

We will have 3 categories and each one will have 5 draws of $100.  Draw will take place at the end of the ISET Program Seminar June 14, 2019. Success stories can be written or by video. Video must be 30-60 seconds long. Please answer all interview questions in your video or on your story, and insure your photo release consent form is signed and attached, as well as the Success Story Template.

The 3 categories are:

  • Individual Success Story
  • Sub Agreement Holder Success Story
  • Child Care Success Story


Please submit entry by June 5, 2019. 

Success Story Template

Child Care and Sub Agreement Holder Success Story Interview Questions

Individual Success Story Interview Questions

See Full Calendar of events by following above button.

March 1-          Draft Sub Agreements issued (MKO ONLY)

March 31        Signed Sub Agreements Due (MKO ONLY)

April 30-          Sub Agreement Holder Deadline for Reports 4th Quarter

June 30          Audit Statement of Revenue and Expenditure


                        Annual Reports


July 31-           Sub Agreement Holder Deadline for Reports 1st Quarter

August 31-      ISET Program Annual Report (MKO ONLY)

October 31-     Sub Agreement Holder Deadline for Reports 2nd Quarter

November 30 ISET Program Annual Report (MKO ONLY)

January 15-     Annual Operation Plan

January 31-   Sub Agreement Holder Deadline for Reports 3rd Quarter


ARMS Database:

Database Uploads are completed at the end of every month by ARMS. 

Reminder of the Deadline for 2018-2019, Period 14 Data Entry and Upload is June 8, 2019

The cut-off date for documenting clients in Indigenous systems that are sent through the Data Gateway/Standard Data File in order to be included in the FY 2018-2019 Results (P14):

In order to generate a result for the current fiscal year, the action plan creation date has to be on or before March 31, 2019 and the result date must be between April 1, 2018 and March 31, 2019. Since the action plan creation date is system-generated in most systems, initial data entry must have been made on or before March 31, 2019. Subsequent updates can be made to the record (including entry of the result date) up until June 30, 2019, the date by which all files are due to be received through the Data Gateway at NHQ.

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