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Creating Opportunities for Indigenous Youth Employment in the Tourism and Government Sectors

This project builds on the findings from the Government of Canada’s “Many Voices One Mind: A Pathway to Reconciliation” report and on FESA’s successful “Going the Distance” project.

Pathways will address work inexperience and/or limited literacy and essentials skills (LES) as contributing factors to unemployment of Indigenous youth in the workforce by bringing together youth and their communities, Elders, mentors, bridging organizations, and employers to develop a holistic and comprehensive Employment Training & Mentorship model.

The model will provide workplace LES training, mentorship, and internship/work experience opportunities that will lead to meaningful employment and/or continuation of education for Indigenous youth ages 18-30. An important focus of the project will be to support potential young leaders to find their space within their communities and in the work environment.


 Funded in part by the Government of Canada's Sectoral Initiatives Program

Pathways will be a journey of discovery, skill development, and building self-confidence in their chosen field. Indigenous youth will have opportunities to flourish in supportive work environments, including showcasing their talents and unique cultural perspectives to the benefit of that workplace.

— Ted Norris, Chair of the Pathways National Advisory Circle

Project Objectives

​By February 23, 2025, the Further Education Society, with the support of communities across Canada, will:

  1. Increase the percentage of Indigenous youth who find employment in the Tourism and Government sectors by removing barriers to employment through workplace LES skill development and internship/work experience opportunities.

  2. Improve the capacity of employers in the Tourism and Government sectors to successfully recruit, mentor, and retain Indigenous youth as a direct result of an increased understanding of mentorship, of Indigenous culture as it relates to workplace success, and of the role of LES in the workplace.

  3. Improve the capacity of job resource centres, Indigenous groups, and employment training organizations (bridging organizations) to better prepare Indigenous youth for entry and advancement in the workplace.

Contact Us

You can contact Elaine Cairns, Project Supervisor, directly:

Elaine Cairns


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