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Indigenous Skills and Employment Training (ISET)

Indigenous Skills and Employment Training (ISET)

The Indigenous Skills and Employment Training (ISET) Program is a Government of Canada program that works collaboratively with Indigenous people prepare for, find and maintain high-demand jobs now and in the long-term.

Also see the Inuit Post-Secondary Education Strategy (IPSES) information and application.

The Indigenous Skills and Employment Training (ISET) Program is designed to help Indigenous people improve their skills and find employment.

In 2016 and 2017, we engaged with key Indigenous partners and organizations across the country to review and renew the Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy (ASETS). The ISET Program is a result of these engagements.

The ISET Program builds on what was successful about ASETS and reflects what was heard from Indigenous partners including Inuvialuit Regional Corporation to include:

  • a co-developed program with Indigenous partners;
  • increased funding;
  • greater flexibility for organizations to design programming to meet the needs of their people and communities; and
  • a new distinctions-based strategy that recognizes, respects and reflects Canada’s Indigenous peoples, specifically the First Nations, Métis and Inuit, but also addresses urban/non-affiliated service delivery needs.

The main focus of IRC’s ISET Program is to build economic and education partnerships to ensure beneficiaries have the opportunity to participate in and contribute to the economy by securing sustainable and meaningful employment.


Recent and Current ISET (formerly ASETS) Initiatives

Post Secondary Education is one area under ISET, see details and calendar of application deadlines below.



IRC E-Learning Centres 

  • Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk Sunchild (10 students)
  • Apprenticeship Exam Preparation (two students)

IRC Training Centre

  • Mine Readiness Certified programs 

Inuvik Apprenticeship Tutor Program (three employers/three students)

Class 7 drivers licence preparation

  • All Inuvialuit Settlement Region communities 

Career Planning, Resume Preparation, Communication and Customer Service




Partners: Aurora College, GNWT ECE/ITI

  • Project: Tuktoyaktuk Building Trades Helper program

Partners: Aurora College, Gwich'in Tribal Council (GTC), Northwind Industries (NWI), Bob’s Welding, Grizzly Marine Services

  • Project: Master Limited Certificate and Small Vessel Operator Proficiency Certification


  • Project: Specialized Heavy Equipment training in Alberta

Partners: Kavik-Stantec

  • Project: Marine Mammal Observer training

Partners: Aurora College, GTC, Sahtu Dene Council, Tlicho Government

  • Project: Early Childhood Certificate Program 2015-16

Partners: E. Gruben Transport (EGT), GNWT ECE/DOT/ITI

  • Project: Specialized Heavy Equipment training (in development)

Partners: IRC, Inuvik Gas, EGT

  • Project: Wage subsidies (training on the job) for Inuvik Gas, IRC Craft Shop Manager and CDC/AHS Caregivers


If you have questions regarding the Indigenous Skills and Employment Training Strategy, please contact:

Inuvialuit Regional Corporation
Education and Training
107 Mackenzie Road
Bag Service #7
Inuvik, NT X0E 0T0
Fax: (867) 777-4506
Merlyn Rogers ISET Program Coordinator Tel: (867) 777-7091