Income Assistance: Active Measures: What are People Saying?

British Columbia:

“For the individuals, some of our band members took this experience and got lasting jobs with our forestry department. I would encourage other communities to take up this [the Active Measures] program. And really plan and think creatively for something to enrich your community.”
Chief Jonathan Kruger, Penticton Indian Band

“With Active Measures, we entered into a whole new philosophy around our IA recipients, helping them to achieve their goals in increments designed to bolster their self-esteem, which helps them become attuned to forward motion and craving lives and new possibilities.”
Samantha Kaji, Manager of Community Development Stó:lō Nation

Saskatchewan:

“Funding support for the FHETC programming and operations is flexible enough to provide “pre-employment” programming for clients as required supporting their individual needs in preparing for the workforce. First Nations Income Support Workers, Employment Officers, Employment Agencies and Tribal Councils come together to learn from each other, share best practices, measure success and discuss innovative means to lessen the gap between welfare and employment. This increased participation and demand for training and employment is a very positive trend that makes the File Hills Employment and Training Center a valuable community service for years to come.”
Joan Bellegarde, Manager File Hills Employment and Training Center, Balcarres

Alberta:

"The best thing about what I do is when a person gets a job you can see hope and pride in their eyes. It makes it all worthwhile.”
Theresa Houle, Social Director, Paul First Nation

“In 2006, our Expected to Work category alone had 171 clients. We now have between 78 and 98 clients in total for both income assistance categories. This is a direct result of Driftpile embracing active measures, partnerships and integration.”
Connie Snelling-Giroux, Social Director, Driftpile Cree Nation

“Our Nation has always enjoyed a strong work-oriented culture; hard work and contribution is at the heart of our identity and is the key to overall health and well being of Samson. Active Measures has been integral to our development in this area. Samson has placed a priority on the mobilization and development of our workforce to take advantage of the immense opportunity that is here in Alberta. Through resources and supports such as Active Measures and Income Assistance Reform our people can move from dependency and live meaningful and productive lives.”
Councilor Derek Bruno, Samson Cree Nation

"Active Measures helps to promote independence by holding people accountable and responsible for their actions. That coupled with training initiatives and supports truly allows leadership in the community to prepare opportunities for members to find sustainable training, education and work both on and off reserve.”
Chief Gadwa, Kehewin First Nation

"As a Recruitment Manager, it is always a challenge to find available, competent, reliable and qualified workers, especially for our camp-based work in places like Fort McMurray. As a result, I am always looking for new pools of talent to pull from. This is where our relationship with local Aboriginal groups has come into play. By working with these groups, we have found a relatively untapped source of qualified workers to offer employment to. It really has become a win-win situation for both the workers and NACG. It is a partnership that we plan to continue, and hopefully, build upon.”
Mateo Tamano, North American Construction Group

"Louis Bull Tribe supports and is involve with Active Measures Initiative. Louis Bull Tribe supports an initiative that will move our membership to be a prosperous community, to decrease dependency and move forward to Employment opportunities and enter the Alberta labour pool.”
Chief Rusty Threefingers, Louis Bull Tribe

"Over the past 3.5 years PTI Group has embraced Aboriginal inclusion. We have formed partnerships with First Nations and Métis in many parts of Canada. We have entered into training initiatives with them where PTI hires the graduates of the programs. The feedback I have received both from our remote Lodges and at our factories is that the hand skills and work ethic of our new young Aboriginal employees is excellent. As of December 31, 2012 our total Aboriginal employment was 268 individuals with participation rate of 9.2% of our total workforce. These programs would not have been possible in part from the financial support of AANDC and ASETS holders. I commend the Minister to increasing this type of funding to First Nations. From our experience it has and will continue to make a significant impact in actively engaging Aboriginal people in Canada's workforce.”
Stephen Crocker, PTI Group Inc.

"The active measures program will bring real change in your life to get a job and keep a job. It will change your outlook on life, and will take care of you. The investments are important.”
Chief Rose Laboucan, Driftpile First Nation

"AANDC's "Active Measures" initiative recognizes the importance of working collaboratively through partnerships which will ultimately assist individuals in transitioning from dependency to employment. Through flexible programming, Active Measures can support industry demands and meet emerging opportunities which will allow for ongoing Aboriginal inclusion in the workforce. This programming which targets essential skills, transitional supports and career planning will improve employment outcomes for First Nations people and this is fundamentally important to us all and our economy more broadly.”
Catherine Pennington, Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipelines

“Active Measures has opened doors for low income families to actively participate in employment and training opportunities while allowing the Nation to establish meaningful partnerships with various levels of government and industry.”
Councilor Carl Bird, Paul First Nation

“It is important that active measures is focused on the youth in our community and focuses on their readiness to enter the workforce. It is important to focus on developing the skills of the members on assistance; however, it is equally important to find a way to help them be able to apply these skills in a work environment. Social Workers need to have a good understanding of the skills required for employment opportunities that are in the community and surrounding area; these types of training for the Social Workers will help them better assist their clients.”
Chief James Ahnassay, Dene Tha' First Nation

“Whitefish Lake First Nation No.128 takes this opportunity to acknowledge AANDC's Active Measures Initiative geared to assist in mobilizing our community members to access and participate in job skilled training and employment programs. It is our collective mandate to reduce our community dependency on in-come support to provide job entry and skilled labour opportunities to our membership. Through an internal stakeholder driven approach, we have been able to maximize and collapse our allocation of funding by AANDC to enable us to engage in the lateral planning as a best practice initiative as we continue to engage in developmental dialogue and negotiations with Industry, Province and AANDC. With Active Measures, we have been able to raise the bar and establish best practice and planning innovation as we move forward in developing strategic targets in our employment training programs.”
Chief James Jackson Jr. and Ed Cardinal, Nation Administrator, Whitefish Lake First Nation No. 128

“On behalf of O'Chiese First Nation we would like to send our support towards the new AANDC Active Measures Initiative and Income Assistance Reform. The O'Chiese First Nation has prepared for the Active Measures by applying and becoming a healthy, economically, sustainable Cultural Community. It is through a vision of planning that has been practiced by the Nation that has brought forth a Strategic Plan to move forward for a better tomorrow.”
Chief Darren Whitford and Council Members, O'Chiese First Nation

Manitoba:

"Our youth truly have been given a hand-up by the Active Measures program. In particular, Swampy Cree Tribal Council's innovative Motivational Interviewing and Stages of Change program is indeed motivating and guiding youth to not only make changes, but be the change in their communities. Our youth are leading the way today, by taking ownership of their future now, through active measures.”
Grand Chief Michael G Constant, Swampy Cree Tribal Council