Indigenous Advancement


Indigenous Skills and Employment Training


There are several supports and resources available for those interested in exploring or entering trades and Employers that are interested in hiring and training Indigenous Apprentices.  Indigenous Skills and Employment Training (ISET) holders and some of our Employer member programs offer skills development, job training and financial aid to help make trades training accessible to rural and urban communities.

Below is a brief description of each sponsored program.  Please contact the service providers directly to learn more about the programs, the supports and services offered, and eligibility as they may vary between programs. 

Allteck Right to Play

Allteck is proud to be an implementing partner for the “PLAY” program. The Promoting Life-skills in Aboriginal Youth (PLAY) program partners with more than 85 First Nations communities and urban Aboriginal organizations across Canada to deliver safe, fun and educational programming for Aboriginal children and youth.

Education, training and employment opportunities are the foundation of their Aboriginal initiatives. They have partnered with the Thompson Rivers University and through the Allteck Power Bursary Fund,  prepare students for a career in power line maintenance and operations by providing both classroom and hands-on training. We are proud to have enrolled candidates from Indigenous communities across BC.

To read more click here Right to Play

First Nations Opportunity Plan

Arctic Arrow Powerline Group recognizes the importance of working together with First Nations individuals and groups to create sustainable, mutually beneficial relationships that contribute to the success and growth of our communities.

Learn more about the First Nations Opportunity Plan


PEI is a founding member of the First Nation Capacity Fund. PEI is proud to partner with BCT Projects and EECOL Electric on this forward thinking approach to employment and subsequent economic stimulation within Indigenous Communities around BC. The First Nations Capacity Fund (FNCF) is a non-profit society that exists to create training and employment opportunities for Indigenous people in any vocation of their choosing. Fund members come from Industry and pool their investment to create a more significant impact.

Please CLICK HERE to download more information.

Indigenous Skills and Employment Training (ISET) Program

The Employment and Social Development Canada engaged with key Indigenous partners and organizations across the country to review and renew the Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy. The ISET Program is a result of these engagements.

The ISET Program builds on what was successful about ASETS 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 reflects Canada’s Indigenous peoples, specifically the First Nations, Métis and Inuit, but also addresses urban/non-affiliated service delivery needs.

Indigenous Skills and Employment Training (ISET) Program service delivery organizations

The ISET Program provides funding to Indigenous service delivery organizations that design and deliver job training services to First Nations, Inuit, Métis and urban/non affiliated Indigenous people in their communities. These organizations will link your training needs to the job market by providing you with the skills and training you need to help you find a job.

Click here for more information on the ISET program


Central Interior
British Columbia Native Women’s Association (BCNWA)
144 Briar Ave Kamloops, BC V2B 1C1-us.html


Lower Mainland (Urban)
Aboriginal Community Career Employment Services Society (ACCESS)
Suite 108 – 100 Park Royal, West Vancouver, BC V7T 1A2
Tel: 604-913-7933


Cariboo Chilcotin Aboriginal Training Education Centre (CCATEC)
205 – 197 North 2nd Avenue, Williams Lake, BC V2G 1Z5
Tel: 250-392-2510


Central Interior
Shuswap Nation Tribal Council
680 Athabasca Street W., Kamloops, BC V2H 1C4
Tel: 778-471-8200


Vancouver Island – South
Coast Salish Employment & Training Society (CSETS)
201-5462 Trans-Canada Hwy., Duncan, BC V9L 6W4
Tel: 250-746-0183 Toll-Free: 1-888-811-3919


Ktunaxa Nation Council (KNC)
220 Cranbrook Street N, Cranbrook, BC V1C 3W3
Tel: 250-489-2464 Toll-Free: 1-800-480-2464


Métis Nation British Columbia
30691 Simpson Road, Abbotsford, BC V2T 6C7
Tel: 604-557-5851 Toll-Free: 1-800-940-1150

Central Coast
Mid Coast First Nations Training Society (MCFNTS)
P.O. Box 941, Bella Bella, BC V0T 1Z0
Tel: 250-957-2225


North East Native Advancing Society (NENAS)
10328 – 101st Avenue, Fort St. John, BC V1J 2B5
Tel: 250-785-0887 Toll-Free: 1-855-785-0887


Vancouver Island – Northeast Coast
North Vancouver Island Aboriginal Training Society (NVIATS)
1211 Cypress Street, Campbell River, BC V9W 2Z3
Tel: 250-286-3455


Nisga’a Employment Skills & Training (NEST)
5012 Tait Avenue, Gitlaxt’aamiks, BC V0J 1A0
Tel: 1-844-633-2210


Vancouver Island – Northwest Coast
Nuu-chah-nulth Employment & Training Program (NETP)
4090 8th Avenue, Port Alberni, BC V9Y4S4
Tel: 250-723-1331 Toll-Free: 1-833-276-5849


Okanagan Training and Development Council (OTDC)
101 – 1865 Dilworth Drive, Suite 339, Kelowna, BC V1Y 9T1
Tel: 250-769-1977


North Central
Prince George Nechako Aboriginal Employment & Training Association (PGNAETA)
198 Kingston Street, Prince George, BC V2L 1C3
Tel: 250-561-1199 Toll-Free: 1-800-510-0515


Fraser Valley
Stó:lō Aboriginal Skills & Employment Training (SASET)
Bldg. #8A – 7201 Vedder Rd., Chilliwack, BC V2R 4G3
Tel: 604-858-3691 Toll-Free: 1-888-845-4455


Tribal Resources Investment Corporation (TRICORP)
344 2nd Avenue West, Prince Rupert, BC V8J 1G6
Tel: 250-624-3535 Toll-Free: 1-800-665-3201


Tsawwassen First Nation (TFN)
1926 Tsawwassen Dr N, Tsawwassen, BC V4M 4G4
Tel: 604-948-5240

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