Developing a First Nation community skills inventory

Devon MacKinnon-Ottertail


First Nation communities have been presented a stronger role in mining and forestry developments by recent court judgements on governments’ duty to consult. Negotiations with mining companies have often included employment for community members in any Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).  When jobs are presented by mining companies, the forestry industry, and other employers, there is no current system for First Nation Administrators to determine if community members have the pre-requisite skills, experience and qualifications that the employer is looking for and this has led to missed opportunities.

To act on these prospects, Eagle Lake First Nation (ELFN) developed a system for tracking any training offered by the Band and created a skills inventory for additional training and certifications that community members have completed either on-reserve or off-reserve. This paper will document the development of this system.

Keywords: First Nations, employment, recruitment, human resources, skills, community skills inventory, Ontario, Canada.

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