Aboriginal Peoples in the Trades

There are excellent opportunities for Aboriginal Peoples in the skilled trades. Certified tradespeople are in demand in the Nova Scotia labour force. So, if you want a rewarding career, now is the time to explore an apprenticeship program. The Agency is committed to work with First Nations communities, Aboriginal organizations and employers to prioritize the hiring of aboriginal apprentices in housing, construction and other projects in First Nations communities and surrounding areas. As well, the Aboriginal Apprenticeship Advisory Committee provides a forum for networking and discussion to identify employment opportunities for Aboriginal people and address barriers and gaps in trades training.

Aboriginal Apprenticeship Advisory Committee

The work of the Aboriginal Apprenticeship Advisory Committee supports the successful participation of Aboriginal Peoples, both on and off reserve, in apprenticeship training and certification in the trades. As well, the Aboriginal Apprenticeship Advisory Committee provides a forum for networking and discussion to identify employment opportunities for Aboriginal Peoples and address barriers and gaps in trades training.

Click on a video below to hear the story of Mi’kmaw certified tradespeople.

Advancing Aboriginal Apprenticeship Events

The Aboriginal Apprenticeship Advisory Committee plans an annual conference for frontline workers to support their knowledge of and engagement with the apprenticeship system. Native Employment Officers, Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey School Advisors, NSCC Student Advisors, Aboriginal Organizations, Pathway Consultants from the Department of Education and Apprenticeship staff among others come together to participate in workshops and activities and listen to guest speakers, panellists, and workshop facilitators. The AAAC also hosts sessions to support communities and organizations to maximize the potential of Joint Registration Agreements and to facilitate employer and industry engagement.

Kiskajein Success Stories

The Aboriginal Apprenticeship Advisory Committee has created posters that feature successful certified tradespersons. Click below to download the posters.

Aboriginal Apprenticeship Advisory Committee Members

AAAC Member Representing
Tracey Johnson, Chair Aboriginal Peoples Training and Employment Commission (APTEC)
Ann Sylliboy, Vice-Chair Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey (MK)
Kristopher Archibald Citizen Service & Program Delivery Branch, Service Canada
Valerie Bowers Miꞌkmaw Employment Training Secretariat
Susan Googoo Waycobah First Nation
Ryan Gould Mi'kmaw Economic Benefits Office (MEBO)
Justine Maloney NS Native Women’s Association
Tracy Menge KWILMU’KW MAW-KLUSUAQN
Lee Paul Aboriginal Peoples Training & Employment Commission (APTEC)
Cory Rafuse Aboriginal Peoples Training and Employment Commission (APTEC)
Melanie Sack Miꞌkmaw Native Friendship Centre
Karen Strang Citizen Service & Program Delivery Branch, Service Canada
Courtney Gouthro Skills Canada Nova Scotia
Dale Crawford Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency
Marjorie Davison Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency
Donna MacGillivray Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency
Kate Wray (recorder) Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency

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