Aboriginal Workforce Development

First Nations, Métis and Inuit Workforce Planning Initiative

In September 2008, the Ministers of Employment and Immigration and Aboriginal Relations appointed an MLA Committee on the First Nations, Métis and Inuit Workforce Planning Initiative. For 18 months, the MLA Committee travelled throughout the province to engage with First Nations and Métis leaders, Aboriginal communities, organizations, industry, educational institutions and training providers to discuss issues, challenges and opportunities for increasing the participation of Aboriginal people in Alberta’s work force and economy.

In June 2010, the Committee submitted its report, Connecting the Dots: Aboriginal Workforce and Economic Development in Alberta. The report highlights what the MLA Committee heard in these meetings - that how we do things is as important as what we do.

The report also includes 30 recommendations related to increasing the participation of Aboriginal people in Alberta’s workforce and economy. These recommendations fall under six established themes:

  • collaboration
  • coordination
  • community
  • capacity
  • communication
  • commitment

The Government of Alberta submitted its response to Connecting the Dots in April 2011 in which 28 of the 30 recommendations were accepted and two recommendations were accepted in principle. The Government of Alberta Response outlines government’s next steps for improving the economic and social well-being of Aboriginal people in Alberta.

The focus will be on increasing collaboration with Aboriginal governments and other stakeholders to ensure Aboriginal people receive the education, training, and access to opportunities needed to fully participate in the workforce.

The recommendations put forward in Connecting the Dots are expected to lead to improved labour market connections and greater economic opportunities for Aboriginal people in Alberta.

To view Connecting the Dots and the Government of Alberta Response, please visit: www.employment.alberta.ca/betw .