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Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy

Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy (ASETS) is the federal government’s successor strategy  to the  Aboriginal  Human Resource Development Strategy (AHRDS) and is designed to help improve the employment opportunities of Aboriginal peoples and enable them to fully participate in the Canadian economy in a relationship based on mutual trust, respect and openness.

The Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy provides funding to Aboriginal organizations to support the costs of programs, services and other activities undertaken by those organizations which are designed to increase the participate in the Canadian labour market of the Aboriginal people served by those organizations.


  • First Nations living on or off reserve within the TCETSA Geographical service catchment area.
  • Be a resident in and around the Tribal Chiefs Venture region of Treaty 6, or the geographical service area:

                Kehewin Cree Nation

                Beaver Lake Cree Nation

                Cold Lake First Nation

                Frog Lake First  nation

                Heart Lake First Nation

                Whitefish Lake First Nation #128                     (Goodfish)

  • Be unemployed, under-employed (unable to support themselves with income from employment or self-employment) or employment threatened
  • Must demonstrate financial need
  • Be entering an occupation where there is reasonable opportunity of achieving self sufficiency. (Example: There is a demand for the occupation and the wages the client is likely to receive will support the client and his/her dependent’s)
  • Client will commit to an action plan developed with our Employment & Training Department that shows the proposed training is and appropriate step that will lead to suitable employment.
  • If living in urban area, the client shall access their closest ASETS Agreement holder. ( Example: Oteenow Employment & Training Services, location in Edmonton)


Service Standards

  • We provide to members of Cold Lake First Nation
  • Our employees are knowledgeable and helpful, and will make sure you get what you need.
  • We let you know when you should expect a decision on entitlement to services or benefits, and, if you qualify, when your first payment will arrive.
  • We report on our results
  • We give you the right to appeal any decisions and advice on the appeal process.
  • We have the right to refuse service when we are being threatened or are experiencing abusive behavior/language.


Services we Provide

  • Employment resources such as Job board, computer for creating and updating resumes, job search , applications etc..
  • Employment counselling services
  • Referrals
  • Employment financial assistance when eligible
  • Short term training financial assistance when eligible
  • Follow up supports provision
  • Funding for Safety Tickets and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as required