First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Initiatives

Skills Ontario’s First Nations, Métis, and Inuit (FNMI) Initiatives aim to increase the awareness of Indigenous youth in the rewarding career opportunities that exist in the skilled trades and technologies.

FNMI Student Conference

FNMI Student Challenge Kits

Skilled Trades & Technology Days

Spring Indigenous College Recruiter Days

FNMI Career Awareness

FNMI-focused Summer Camps

Through our First Nations, Métis, and Inuit (FNMI) Initiatives, we do our best to ensure that our programs are led by and inclusive of Indigenous peoples. As we connect youth to Indigenous community members, we develop and deliver programs with this as our top priority. Skills Ontario is dedicated to respecting Indigenous culture; we try to employ FNMI peoples in positions relating to FNMI youth where possible and consult with local First Nations communities when we run events in their area, seeking mentors, elders, and youth to participate. If you have any feedback regarding Skills Ontario's representation of FNMI culture, please contact

Thank you to our FNMI Initiatives Program & Student Conference Partners:


This program is funded by the Government of Ontario.




Algoma Workforce Investment Corporation

Bruce Power


Grand River Employment and Training


Workplace Safety & Prevention Services



FNMI 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 2023 FNMI Student Conference will take place with sponsorship from Pomerleau.

Student Challenge Kits

Are you curious about a career in the skilled trades and technologies? Join Skills Ontario in this fun, free series! Students are  provided with a hands-on experiential learning kit so that they can put their skills to the test with a challenge relating to their kit. Educators are to register and submit completed projects through the button links below. 49 elementary challenge kits are available!


Submission link for completed challenges

Skilled Trades and Technology 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 and network 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.

Spring Indigenous College Recruiter Days

These information sessions are for Indigenous youth in secondary school to learn about supports and opportunities in the skilled trades and technologies. 


Date Time (EST) Co-Hosts
March 29, 2022 10 am - 11 am
Watch recording here
  • Metis Nations of Ontario
  • Native Women's Association
  • ABBO
March 29, 2022 1 pm - 2 pm
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  • Six Nations Polytechnic
  • Seven Generations
  • Kenjgewin Teg
March 30, 2022 10 am - 11 am
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  • Confederation College
  • Sault College
  • College Boreal
  • Cambrian College
March 30, 2022 1 pm - 2 pm
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  • Northern College
  • Canadore College
  • Algonquin College
  • Loyalist College
March 31, 2022 9:30 am - 10:30 am
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  • Fleming College
  • Georgian College
  • Durham College
  • Centennial College
March 31, 2022 11 am - 12 pm
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  • St. Lawrence College
  • St. Clair College
  • Seneca College
  • Conestoga College
March 31, 2022 1 pm - 2 pm
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  • Humber College
  • Lambton College
  • Niagara College
  • Mohawk College


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.

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 & Virtual Workshops

Our Skills Ontario Summer Camp & Virtual Workshop program offers sessions specifically for FNMI youth. Visit the Summer Camps page for more info.