The Anishinabek Nation has seized an opportunity to discover and harness integral, on-reserve economic information typically available to only municipalities. Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) has selected the Anishinabek ASETA (Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Agreement) holder to participate in the development and implementation of a Pilot Comprehensive Community Skills Inventory and Labor Market Study, and will be providing the funds necessary to implement it in the communities across the province.
On-reserve labor market information (LMI) is key to taking control of our program design, service delivery and decision-making in First Nations employment offices such as AETS and across in the Anishinabek Nation. There is somewhat of a shortage of data pertaining to skills and training needs, employment experiences, and educational and skill profiles of Anishinabek citizens. AETS will be utilizing the funds allocated to this project, as well as the resources currently available to us, to fill the gap in information and technological infrastructure capabilities.
The key objective of the LMI Project is to improve labour market information by supporting First Nations communities in their labour market planning and service delivery. While the Anishinabek ASETA supports First nations communities’ operations and service delivery, it has lacked the funding and infrastructure to implement a project to obtain an adequate level of labour market information. AETS will use the information collected to understand the needs of the communities and paint a picture of their economic states. While ensuring that all personal information remains secure and belongs to the First Nation.
AETS will be obtaining approval and input from First Nation leaders; receiving First Nation input on the questions in the LMI survey to ensure that we are capturing formation relevant to the community and hiring on-reserve survey takers.
AETS looks forward to your community’s participation in the Labour Market Information Pilot Project, and for your involvement in crafting the project in the way that best services your community.