FUNDED THROUGH: Employment and Social Development Canada

  • The Indigenous Skills and Employment Training (ISET) Program is designed to help Indigenous people improve their skills and find employment. ISET was launched in 2019, formally replacing the Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy (1989-2019). The new ISET Program builds on what was successful about Aboriginal Skills Employment Training Strategy and reflects what was heard from Indigenous partners to include:
  • a co-developed program with Indigenous partners;
  • increased funding;
  • greater flexibility for organizations to design programming to meet the needs of their people and communities; and
  • a new distinctions-based strategy that recognizes, respects and reflect Canada’s Indigenous peoples, specifically the First Nations, Métis and Inuit, but also addresses urban/non-affiliated service delivery needs.


There are 5 Wolastoqey communities under our agreement- Madawaska Maliseet First Nation, Woodstock, Kingsclear, St. Mary’s and Oromocto First Nation. Each community has an Employment and Training Officer (ETO) responsible for the delivery of the ISET program in their community. All monies received by WTCI are distributed to the First Nations and support the following programs and services:

  • Training for skills development; Training programs are designed and delivered to Wolastoqey clients. Training ranges from Workplace Essential Skills training, 3-year Community College programs, or Apprenticeship building.
  • Training for employment: All training provided to the client has the end goal of employment. There are a variety of options including – on the job training, summer employment for students, adult literacy courses, mentoring for high-demand jobs, on the job coaching/training.
  • Childcare support – Provided to all of our communities under the First Nations Inuit child care initiative. Currently all 5 of our First Nations have a daycare which is available to clients in training or employment interventions.
    • The ISET Program is a ten year agreement between Employment and Social Development Canada, the First Nation Inuit Childcare Initiative (FNICCI) is only for the first two years of this agreement.
    • FNICCI is included in the new Indigenous Early Learning and Childcare program which will also include Aboriginal Headstart on Reserve and Aboriginal Headstart Urban and Northern Communities.
    • This fiscal year WTCI will receive the increased funding for our 5 communities and it will be allocated to each community under a pre-determined model which has been accepted by the Chiefs.


Jonah Paul-Fontaine is our new Youth Job Coach Navigator. You may contact him at

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