Frequently Asked Questions

Oteenow Training & Employment Society offers employment and training services to unemployed and underemployed First Nations and Inuit residents of Edmonton and area. Find out if we can help you.

What does it mean to be "ready for meaningful" work?

Oteenow receives annual funding under the Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy (ASETS) agreement, which is provided through Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) and managed by Service Canada.

Our sole purpose is to help clients get employed and stay employed. Any lifestyle barriers that interfere with these goals must be overcome before we can offer our services. In some cases, Oteenow will assist clients with lifestyle barriers get closer to meaningful work by referring them to organizations who offer more appropriate services.

Does Oteenow provide training?

While Oteenow does not provide in-house training, we do arrange funding for relevant training in certain cases. Find out more about our eligibility requirements here.

Does Oteenow only help people looking for jobs in the trades?

In order to get access to our services, you must be pursuing a realistic career path: there needs to be a job at the end of your journey. While there is definitely a huge demand for qualified individuals to work in the trades industries, Oteenow works with you to develop a career plan that works for you: we want you to get employed and stay employed. We help you explore job opportunities that you may not have considered.

When is the Oteenow annual Career Fair? Can I be a part of it?

With the help and support of our stakeholders in Treaty 6 and Treaty 8, Oteenow is proud to host an annual Career Fair in Edmonton each fall. This event helps us foster valuable opportunities between our clients and respected and trusted employers. The event is an excellent forum to promote your company and recruit potential employees from a diverse and largely untapped labor market. Click here for more information or contact us today.

I do not know what to do with my life. Can Oteenow help?

Finding meaningful employment that you can stick with is an excellent step in getting your life on track. At Oteenow, we can equip you with the tools you need to make the right choices for you. We help with: career decision-making, skill enhancement training, job search and employment maintenance. Contact us to see how we can help.

Does Oteenow work with Métis people living in Edmonton?

Oteenow can only provide funding for training status holding First Nations and Inuit people residing in Edmonton and area. Click here to see the Geographical Service Area.  Métis people living in Edmonton are encouraged to visit Rupertsland Institute Métis Centre of Excellence, an Oteenow partner.