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Success stories about how Active Measures in Saskatchewan is making a difference for First Nations. Active Measures are strategies designed to help individuals move away from Income Assistance dependency.

Transcript: Saskatchewan Active Measures

Active Measures are strategies designed to help individuals move away from income assistance dependency.

Active Measures include:

  1. providing greater access to career planning, skills development and employment counselling services;
  2. providing greater access to literacy, adult basic education and workplace essential skills training;
  3. providing transitional supports, such as training allowances, to improve access to short-term training opportunities;
  4. providing supports, such as transportation and child care; and,
  5. working with employers and industry to align skills training with the demands of the labour market and economy.

Saskatchewan projects it will need more than 120,000 additional workers by 2020.

That's more than 10,000 new jobs every year for the next 10 years.

There are more than 6,000 vacant jobs in Saskatchewan.

There are more than 5,000 unemployed First Nation youth (ages 18-24) living on reserve.

(Cover shots from career fair) Through the Active Measures initiative, the Government of Canada is working with First Nations and provincial governments to ensure First Nations have the same access to education, training and employment opportunities as other Canadians.

The Late Chief Cecil Head, Mistawasis First Nation
Active Measures in my mind basically covers everything. You are actively involved in changing something that doesn't work, you measured it and it doesn't meet your standards. So we actively fit right in when they brought in the Active Measures program.

(Cover shots from career fair) Active Measures focuses on creating options for youth in the areas of career counselling, employment readiness, skills training and basic education.  It is also helping address any barriers they may face on their path toward long-term, meaningful employment.

Interviewer: So what do you want to be when you leave school?

Youth #1 … A youth worker

Youth #2 … A carpenter

Youth #3 … A pharmacy technician

Youth #4 … An engineer

Youth #5 … I want to be an RCMP officer

Youth #6 … Home care

Interviewer:  Anything specific in home care?

Youth #6 … I just like working with the elderly.

Sheldon Dreaver:  My name is Sheldon Dreaver.  I'm from Mistawasis First Nation.  I'm a heavy equipment operator.

Essential Skills, they helped me out.  They opened doors to get the training, then after that they helped me out with hours that I needed.

Me and my girlfriend are actually planning to move to Saskatoon, so with all this help I was hoping to move off the reserve and off of welfare and go work up there.

The late Chief Cecil Head:  The tools are there, the people of Mistawasis want a better, higher standard of living.  Here's your opportunity, here's the tools and we'll support you.

Cherish Ahenakew:  My name is Cherish Ahenakew and I'm from Ahtahkakoop First Nation.  I am currently enrolled in the Continuing Care Assistant Program.  In the long run, I'd like to be working in the long-term care home.

For me, it's just job security and this is the way to go.  Just to be safe with what you're doing, have a steady income and I like it.  I enjoy what I'm doing and it's not just about the money, it's client-focus.

Band Manager Austin Ahenakew:  We're trying to convey that at the end of the day this is about you, this is about getting you off of dependence on welfare, getting you employed and getting a foot in the door to all the different jobs in the area.

Ahtahkakoop Chief Larry Ahenakew:  We want to work with our youth to find out what their career plans are before they even apply for social assistance when they turn 18, so it will be a good start to grab what they want to do with their own lives.

Aaron Cure:  If you're looking forward to a specific career, aim for that goal, don't lose sight of it, just keep going and press yourself.

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