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 (AAAC)
The work of the AAAC supports the successful participation of Aboriginal Peoples, both on and off reserve, in apprenticeship training & certification. As well, the AAAC provides a forum for networking and discussion to identify employment opportunities for Aboriginal Peoples and address barriers and gaps in trades training.
AAAC Logo Design | As a way to identify the long-standing collaboration between Mi’kmaw communities, Indigenous organizations, and NSAA, the AAAC had a logo created to highlight al future endeavours. Drawing on the very basis of apprenticeship, Graphic Artist Cailin Gerrard from Millbrook First Nation created the logo using Mi’kmaw ideograms, or pictographs, representing “telikina’makunenu” or “They will teach us”. The logo is designed to compliment the branding of the Agency with a similar sail shaped outline. The AAAC and the Agency are excited to continue to promote the skilled trades to Indigenous communities under this new branding.
Aboriginal Apprenticeship Advisory Committee Members
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.
- Aboriginal Connections in Trades and Apprenticeship
- Aboriginal Peoples Training and Employment Commission (APTEC)
- Mi'kmaw Economic Benefits Office (MEBO)
- Miꞌkmaw Employment Training Secretariat (METS)
- Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey (MK)
- Mi'kmaw Native Friendship Centre
- Native Council of Nova Scotia
- Nova Scotia Native Women’s Association
Kiskajein Success Stories
The Aboriginal Apprenticeship Advisory Committee created the following posters that feature successful certified tradespersons.
Eldon Gould, Red Seal Plumber
Eldon Gould discusses the apprenticeship pathway.
Austin Christmas, Red Seal Plumber and Welder
Austin Christmas discusses the apprenticeship pathway.
Jason Dorey, Red Seal Cook
Jason Dorey discusses the apprenticeship pathway.