Creating Employment Opportunities for Aboriginal Youth

Ontario Celebrates Aboriginal Youth Program Graduates

Ontario has partnered with Confederation College to help 27 Aboriginal youth from 22 First Nations communities find summer jobs this year through the First Nations Natural Resources Youth Employment Program (FNNRYEP).

The two-year summer employment program provides Aboriginal youth, aged 16-19, with the opportunity to gain natural resource management experience through work projects in the forestry, mining and energy industries. Graduates of this program have gone on to rewarding careers as foresters, underground miners, heavy equipment operators and Assistant Band Managers. Youth have also pursued further education in fields such as political science, engineering and Aboriginal Law.

Since its inception in 2000, 325 youth representing 42 First Nations communities across northern Ontario have participated in the program.

Helping young people develop their talent and skills is part of the government’s economic plan that is investing in people, building modern infrastructure and supporting a dynamic and innovative business climate.

Quick Facts

  • In 2014, Ontario contributed $200,000 to this program.
  • Ninety-four per cent of first year participants successfully completed their first year in the program.
  • 403 summer job placements have been created to date within the program.

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