JEDI Presentation to June 2013 AAEDN Meeting

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  • (Notes: a) funded by HRSDC and many in-kind/cash partners; b) total budget over $5 million; c) ASEP ended in March, 2012; d) 400 clients for ASEP; e) 120 employed Aboriginal participants)(Notes: a) 3+ year project funded by HRSDC and many in-kind/cash partners; b) target to train 150 clients in ICT; c) Orientation to ICT for Aboriginal participants; d) Technical Streams in Mobile Application Development (MAD), Network Support and Administration, and Communications Technician; e) developing a sustainable MAD curriculum)(Notes: to provide training-for-employment in NBAMET industries and to develop and deliver a curriculum for an Aboriginal Environmental Technology program)(Notes: will enable JEDI to identify, create, establish and disseminate a research component)
  • (Notes: wage subsidies through the ASEP and SPF programs enables us to coordinate placements for clients)(Notes: a) AEF meets with clients to identify skills; b) AEF meets with employers to identify labour force needs; c) AEF matches needs with skills)(Notes: a) training to conduct client assessments for WES; b) project management; c) conferences, events and activities)


  • 1. Our challenge • The Aboriginal population is: – the fastest growing population in Canada; – largely encompassing youth with an average age of 31; – experiencing higher unemployment relative to other groups.
  • 2. Identifying barriers • Limited economic opportunities on reserves. • Limited employment opportunities in rural New Brunswick. • Mobility and transportation issues. • Overall, lower educational attainment rates.
  • 3. Addressing barriers • In economic development, JEDI supports: – entrepreneurship; – community economic development; – business development.
  • 4. Addressing barriers • In workforce development, JEDI supports: – literacy enhancement; – training-for- employment; – recruitment, retention and career advancement.
  • 5. Addressing barriers • Working closely with partners, JEDI supports: – increasing accessibility to adult learning programs; – customizing training to meet the needs of the learners and potential employers; – addressing labour market needs.
  • 6. JEDI Economic Development • Community economic development: – JEDI Aboriginal Development Fund (JADF); – Economic Development Officers (EDOs) support. • Entrepreneurship and business support: – JADF; – Business Basics/Procurement; Workshops.
  • 7. JEDI Economic Development • New Brunswick Community Energy Initiative: – Indian Island Energy. • Aboriginal Workforce Participation Initiative: – Business distribution; – Survey; – Workshops; – Potential NB Aboriginal Business Association.
  • 8. Aboriginal Workforce Development Initiative (AWDI) - training-to-employment opportunities • Completed a successful Aboriginal Skills and Employment Partnership (ASEP). • The New Brunswick Aboriginal Information and Communications Technology (NBAICT) Project. • Potential New Brunswick Aboriginal Mining, Energy and Trades (NBAMET) Project. • Potential Aboriginal Labour Market Information Centre.
  • 9. Aboriginal Workforce Development Initiative (AWDI) - recruitment, retention and career advancement • Work placements through ASEP, SPF and other programs for Aboriginal clients. • Provincial Aboriginal Employment Coordinator links job-ready clients with employers. • Professional development and/or other capacity- building opportunities.
  • 10. Economic Development Results • During the past year, JEDI has: – provided key support for the $13 million Grey Rock Power Centre at Madawaska Maliseet First Nation; – invested $37,500 in Aboriginal businesses; – assisted 40 Aboriginal entrepreneurs; – constructed a database of Aboriginal businesses; – held workshops in 6 communities on a variety of entrepreneurship issues.
  • 11. Workforce Development Results • During the past year, JEDI has: – helped 421 new Aboriginal learners access Community Adult Learning Services programs in New Brunswick ; – launched Canada’s first Aboriginal Mobile Application Development training course through AWDI; – welcomed 50 Aboriginal learners into specialized ICT training; – trained 100 Aboriginal learners for careers in ICT; – found internships for 21 ICT program students; – communicated more than 200 employment opportunities to Aboriginal communities and people looking for employment.
  • 12. Quotes • “This course has really changed my life. It’s a dream come true,” Katie Lunney, Fredericton New Brunswick Aboriginal Information and Communications Technology (NBAICT) student from Elsipogtog First Nation. • “Taking the class was a great experience. I learned a lot and gained valuable skills and experience,” Annie Simoneau, Miramichi NBAICT Student from Eel Ground First Nation. • “JEDI has helped me alot. They helped me find funding and with networking,” Chief Joanna Bernard, Madawaska Maliseet First Nation. • “Without them, none of this would be possible,” Brad MacMillan, JEDI Aboriginal Development Fund recipient from Eel Ground First Nation.
  • 13. Woliwon! Wela'lin! Thank you! Merci!