First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Initiatives


Skills Ontario’s First Nations, Métis, and Inuit (FNMI) Initiatives aim to increase the awareness of FNMI youth in the rewarding career opportunities that exist in the skilled trades and technologies. Affiliated schools, Friendship Centres and Band Offices can access the following programs, tailored to local communities:

Virtual Indigenous College
Recruiter Information Panel

FNMI-focused Student Conference

FNMI-focused Trades & Tech Days

FNMI Career Awareness

FNMI-focused Summer Camps

Thank you to our FNMI Initiatives Sponsors:
This program is funded by the Government of Ontario.


Virtual Indigenous College Recruiter Information Panel 


Flyer in PDF

Skills Ontario team members and college representatives from across Ontario discuss the opportunities in the skilled trades and technologies for Indigenous youth at the Virtual Indigenous College Recruiter Information Panel!

This FREE virtual event was held on WebEx on October 6 from 9:00 am to 10:30 am. The recording of the event will be available here soon.











FNMI-focused Student Conference

Beginning in 2016, Skills Ontario hosts a community gathering specifically for FNMI students at the Skills Ontario Competition. This event helps youth understand the rewarding career options in the skilled trades and technologies, while celebrating a shared cultural heritage and the success of FNMI youth across Ontario.

The 2020 FNMI-focused Student Conference was held online on May 12, 2020. Watch the recording of the conference below!

Trades & Tech Days

Skills Ontario’s Trades and Tech Days are an opportunity for youth who identify as First Nations, Métis, Inuit (FNMI) and non-Status to meet, network, and share a meal with community members who have already chosen a career in the skilled trades and technologies. Youth learn about the journey of these mentors and explore their interest through experiential activities.

These events not only deliver a unique mentoring opportunity but also provide youth with information from our in-school presentation program, as well as with the experience to participate in workshops. This combination allows students to actively explore the knowledge and skills involved in skilled trade and technology occupations.

Out of several hundred participants, over 90% have reported being more interested in considering a skilled trade or technology career after attending Skills Ontario’s Trades and Tech Days. Educator and workshop leaders have expressed the success of, and need for, this programming in their communities.


Upcoming Trades & Tech Days

Please stay tuned for more information on our Trades & Tech Days.



FNMI Career Awareness Workshops/Presentations

Opportunities in the Skilled Trades and Technologies

We’re thrilled to continue to educate and inspire youth to explore the skilled trades and technologies, and are now offering our presentations virtually on multiple platforms. Book a presentation for your classroom here, and please let us know your preferred virtual platform (Google Meets, Microsoft Teams, etc) in the Additional Notes within the form.

The FNMI Initiatives program tailors the Skills Ontario presentation program to a hands-on workshop with culturally relevant information. This workshop is designed to educate students on the hundreds of career opportunities available in the construction, motive power, service, industrial and technology sectors. This interactive, 45-60 minute multimedia hands on workshop is updated annually.

Workshops regarding career opportunities in the skilled trades and technologies are available in communities, cultural gathering places, and in schools.  Skills Ontario’s FNMI Workshop brings the topic of skilled trades and technologies to the forefront and encourages young FNMI people to consider and test out their hands-on abilities.

During the workshop, youth, unemployed and underemployed attendees, and educators have the opportunity to:

  • Discover the benefits of careers in the skilled trades and technologies
  • Take a visual tour of the skilled trades and technologies that interest them: with topics such as median salary, description of the role, what qualities, education and training a worker should have; students are encouraged to look for a career that fits their desired lifestyle, personality and interests
  • Learn about the steps to apprenticeship, as well as other pathways to a career in the skilled trades
  • Find out how to acquire skills and experience
  • Understand the importance of employability skills in the workplace and how these skills can easily make or break a job opportunity
  • Access further resources and determine how to get started on a path that is right for them

Skills Ontario’s FNMI Workshops are the perfect complement for all career exploration or development courses.


FNMI-focused Summer Camps

Exploring the skilled trades and technologies, one hands-on activity at a time

Some locations of our Skills Ontario Summer Camp program are offered specifically for FNMI youth. Visit the Summer Camps page for more info.