About Us

Oteenow Training & Employment: Possibility is Waiting

Good work matters—it enriches the lives of employers and employees alike. Connecting the two is what Oteenow Training & Employment Society does best. Established in 1992, Oteenow is the only employment service agency exclusively dedicated to finding First Nations and Inuit people living in Edmonton and area, careers that work.

We match applicants to jobs in a wide-range of sectors, some you might not have considered. If you are willing and ready to work, we will help you find your fit.

Our Mandate is to offer employment and training programs, services, and opportunities to First Nations and Inuit people in Edmonton and area.”

Our Mission is to connect First Nations and Inuit people who live in Edmonton and area, and who are ready for meaningful careers, with a wide range of employment and training programs, services, and opportunities so that they can become self-reliant and lead productive lives.”

Our Vision “Employ and empower First Nations and Inuit people in Edmonton and area.”

Our Philosophy “All paths lead to employment.”

Board of Directors


Lyle Donald
Treaty 8 First Nations of Alberta

Darlene Plamondon
Treaty 8 First Nations of Alberta



Garret Steinhauer
Confederacy of Treaty Six

Nicole Minde
Confederacy of Treaty Six
 


Our Team

We’re a diverse group of people who care about making employment connections. We come from the private sector, government, non-profit and other employment agencies. We are passionate and engaged in our community. And we believe that all roads can lead to employment.


Relationships Build Trust. Relationships Produce Results

At Oteenow, we know that successful partnerships are always improving. Our strength is creating connections. We connect employers with the First Nations and Inuit workers who are ready to work and our success leads to solid partnerships with a wide range of companies and organizations.  We see potential in the workforce; we see possibilities that are easy to overlook. Our job is to explore the options and help you choose the ones that work best for you.




Employment and Training Solutions                      

At Oteenow, we recognise that opportunities often arise in unexpected forms. Decades of experience make it easy for our staff to identify challenges and match capable people with the very best employment and training solutions available. Whether you are an employer or job seeker, Oteenow Training & Employment Society will open your eyes to opportunity.




Contemporary, Holistic, and Culturally Aware

Oteenow Training & Employment Society is rooted in history and knowledge of First Nations and Inuit people. We employ a holistic and cultural approach to our services. This means that we take the time to understand the individual needs and potentials of our clients and partners, a process makes it easy to find employment solutions that work the long term. Oteenow makes employment work better.